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How can you increase the return on your investment by utilizing office space? When a business makes an investment, they expect to see a return on that investment. So it is important, that when making design decisions that you first establish the outcomes that you expect and that the interiors solution provider that you are working with knows how to use design to achieve those outcomes to help you
reach your corporate goals.
Utilizing Office Space for Employee Engagement
Each year, actively disengaged employees cost U.S. companies between $450-$550 billion in lost productivity. Making sure that employees are engaged in the job that they do, will have a big impact on your business. Not only will it make a work more meaningful for your employees, but it will employees will have a sense of purpose.
Incorporating flexibility and adaptability into an office creates a balance within the space. By using adaptable desks, lounges, phone areas and touchdown spaces, workspaces should contain different types of spaces within one space for employees to engage in collaboration or focused work. Designing your space to reflect your company’s core values will consistently support employee engagement.
Utilizing Office Space for Retention and Recruitment
As employee engagement increases, so does retention rate. In fact, recent studies have found that strategic office design has a huge impact on the overall satisfaction of employees. By incorporating design features such as an natural lighting, adjustable and multi-use furniture and a variety of workspaces to supplement an open floor plan increases employee retention.
As far as recruitment goes, by 2020, 40% of the workforce will be millennials, and the new workforce wants to feel connected and engaged in the work that they do. In addition to the other design features mentioned, top talent is looking for flexibility when choosing a job, so why not allow for easy access to technology in your space. By having a state-of-the-art design in the workspace, not only will it optimize efficiency and productivity, but it will attract the best talent to your company.
Utilizing Office Space to the Max Per Square Foot
In order to maximize spatial efficiency, will keeps cost down and increase profit. So designing your workspace
to be flexible and adaptable leaves room for your business to grow and change as needed. For example, current
seating trends such as hoteling, benching and hot desking decrease the amount of square footage needed per
employee which will allow room in your workspace other needed areas like touchdown spaces, quiet areas,
collaborative spaces or meeting rooms.
Most businesses are pretty conservative when it comes to design spending, but when you strategically plan design investment to achieve certain outcomes, not only will you see a big return, but you will maximize productivity, increase competitiveness and achieve your corporate goals.
Bellia President, Anthony Bellia understands and values the importance of helping clients succeed by providing a seamless experience when furnishing commercial interiors. Bellia Workspace Solutions is a family owned and run business with over 40 years of experience and service to the community. Their clients’ visions and goals are the motivation for probing into the culture, style and nature within workspaces. It is his mission to help companies within the Tri-state area be more magnetic to remain strong and continue to grow by attracting top talent, building spaces that provide flexibility in the future, and creating branded environments that support the company message.
There has recently been a shift in commercial office design trends to incorporate more residential and hospitality elements. The office of the last 30 years reflected the ‘organizational office’ structure with the Boss in the best corner windowed office, his/her associates situated next door, support staff seated in cubicles, and the lunch room in the interior. Your rank was determined by office size and amount of windows. There was a separation of decision makers from the workers.
The onset of the computer started to change these office design trends in which all employees regardless of hierarchy could type their own work. The relationship of support staff and decision makers started to adapt. You see this reflected in the ratio of support staff to executives. In corporate law firms what used to be a 1-1 ratio can now be as many as a 5-1 ratio.
Office Design Trends Pushed by Millennials
Over 75 million millennials aged 18 to 35 have entered the workplace in which they challenge autonomy, flexible hours, and ample options on where and how to work. Today’s technology has pushed us far from traditional office operations and caused a large impact on the office design trends. The staff has become unfettered from their desks and has the ability to work freely within or out of the workplace.
This along with the rising cost of real estate has made the once standard large office of 300 square feet almost disappear. Our electronic-dependent work creates a need for more diverse spaces to work. The amount of drywall partitions changed and open plan work stations with low panels prevailed.
The integration of technology is no longer limited to a conference room or a work surface. It has become readily available throughout the break out spaces which allow for better and faster communications.
Interior glass is now a prominent element in the work place to welcome natural light and creates openness in the office that engages executives and support staff alike. Staff is spending much more time in the office therefore they want it to feel more like home. This has forced a collapse of the boundaries between staff and work associated spaces. More creative environments are being designed. Elements from hotel and residential interiors are being introduced in to the office. There are café’s instead of lunch rooms, wellness centers, living room- like meeting spaces, and conference rooms with top shelf food & beverage opportunities. Many offices use their reception areas as entertainment spaces for their clients. Suburban office parks are re-visioning their public space and large lobbies are now incorporating break areas and food opportunities Due to new office design trends we recommend companies create an audit to see how they can improve the office dynamic and create a nourishing space. This can be accomplished by asking these simple questions:
Office Design Trends #1. Generic standards vs. actual needs
Can you reduce the rentable square footage by understanding exactly what each staff group needs to feel comfortable in t heir job?
Office Design Trends #2 Support of how different people work
Does the staff have adequate access to private and collaborative spaces as their job requires and as each individual can be most productive?
Office Design Trends #3 Occupying a healthy environment
• Does the HVAC properly vent heat and cool?
• Are the lights LED which are closer to natural light or are they artificial light (florescent)?
• Is there exposure to natural light?
• Is there visually stimulating color and patterns?
• Are vending machines filled with healthy enriching snacks or sugar and carbohydrates?
*All Images Shown are of Floss Barber, Inc. Projects