The business case for investing in your workspace

12 December 2019

It is becoming harder to ignore the role that workspace design plays in business and personal productivity. In the property industry this is manifesting itself in increased tenant demand for on-site amenities, high-specification common areas and super-fast connectivity. The demand for such services is only set to increase as more businesses understand the tangible benefits of creating a flagship office.

Shortcomings of the modern office

According to real estate business CBRE, only about 50 percent of office space is now dedicated to “heads-down work,” which once accounted for the vast majority of office space. Common workplace complaints include a lack of collaboration space, a lack of quiet working focus space, an absence of small meeting rooms and poor quality furniture and lighting. Through a considered and bespoke approach to workspace design can address these office shortcomings and drive tangible growth in your organisation, at the same time keeping your staff happier, healthier and more productive.

Happy, healthy people

It’s no surprise that the workplace environment has a huge impact on an employee’s performance. If employees don’t feel comfortable in their surroundings, then they’re not going to produce their best work – it’s as simple as that. A poorly designed workplace can hamper productivity, creativity and morale. It can even impact an employee’s overall happiness. So, it’s no wonder 73% of people would consider quitting a company if they didn’t feel it provided a workplace environment that inspired them to fulfill their role. Holding on to staff and keeping turnover low is one challenge, but getting the most out of your people is another subject altogether. Keeping your staff healthy, both mentally and physically, has been shown to improve staff productivity. Fundamentally, how your staff are perceived by customers, potential customers and other stakeholders has a huge impact on business growth so it goes without saying that making sure they are happy and healthy has huge implications on the bottom line of a business.

The changing nature of work

As the notion of ‘work’ continues to change and evolve, it is important that your working environments support you and your colleagues. Through designing spaces where people can be their best and their most productive ultimately improves the lives of working people. Kate Lister, President of Global Workplace Analytics notes how perceptions of remote working is shifting: “It became a strategic initiative rather than just a tactical one… In reality, whether you’re nine feet, nine floors, or nine miles away, you’re probably communicating with colleagues remotely… The tools to make sure everyone succeeds are the same tools you need for working remotely.”

The role of technology

We’ve all heard of the threat to jobs posed by the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation but in the context of workspace and real estate, we’re already seeing a transformative impact on the management of spaces and how workers interact with their environment. Pioneering technologies like Smart Spaces leverages the power of modern smartphones and BMS (Building Management Systems) to improve the working environment at a personalised level. These technologies not only enhance the immediate work environment, integrating with access control and heating/lighting systems, but also enhance community engagement by offering social networking features and concierge services.

Understanding how workplaces support work

Recent research from Leesman has uncovered that new workplace design projects are largely successful at bringing people together and encouraging interaction. Where many workplace design projects fall down however, is not providing the right support for individual, concentrative tasks. This is hardly surprising as more people take advantage of working away from the office but highlights a glaring problem in the way that workplace design businesses are engaged by organisations. We’re firm believers that workplaces should be more than just pretty; they should support people to do their best work. That’s why our approach to design starts with the most comprehensive brief and analysis of your requirements that allows us to create an inspiring workplace that works it’s hardest for you, your people and your organisation as a whole. Interested in how our team can help you to get the best out of yours? Get in touch

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