In this article, we look at what employees want from office design to improve their satisfaction in the work place and how this in turn can benefit the overall business performance.
There is a lot of research investigating what makes a great office and it’s no secret that office design has a direct impact on productivity and employee satisfaction. Check out our article about how offices can attract and retain talent in your business.
Making changes to your office design and giving employees what they need to be comfortable and happy can improve your business performance significantly.
So, what do people want from their office?
Comfort – Nearly 90% of those surveyed reported comfort as being the most important factor to them at work. Research has shown that efficiency and productivity are increased when employees are comfortable. Minimizing health risks and fatigue by considering the ergonomics of desks and chairs can therefore have a significant impact on your business’s performance and employee satisfaction.
Lighting – another essential aspect of employee satisfaction was the lighting in the office space. Natural light can decrease fatigue, headaches and stress as it has a positive effect on hormones. Employees spend about 90% of the day behind a desk looking at a screen so increasing the amount of natural lighting in the office can improve employee mood and, in turn, boost productivity.
Creativity – Having interesting and stimulating surroundings can also encourage employee satisfaction and creativity. More and more companies are creating offices which incorporate more relaxed and creative designs. Research dictates that a more informal and inspirational setting can increase employee communication and satisfaction and in turn, business productivity.
Noise – Issues with noise were another highly ranked factor linked to employee satisfaction. Employees often want quiet, private places to work alongside more communal areas. Having a layout which considers employee needs can drive employee satisfaction. Collaborative work spaces can also be desirable in certain situations to instill communication within teams.
Any other factors?
Other office issues which are flagged as being important to employees include the overall cleanliness of the office, access to toilets and reliable Wi-Fi. Whether you are renovating or relocating, it is important for you to consider the needs of your employees to create a productive, healthy and inspiring work environment that ultimately increases productivity, staff retention and morale.
Here at Workspace Design our team of experts are on hand to offer you the best advice before carrying out a successful office installation. We take the time to understand not only your specific office design requirements but that of your employees as well, and apply this knowledge when designing and installing the final product.
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