Research has shown that good office design is deeply linked to people issues, such as retaining employees, productivity and engagement. However, in one survey, only half of workers said they were highly satisfied with their work space.
The office environment demonstrates your company culture in action. High-performing workplaces have a notable impact on people, including your employees, staff you want to hire, your clients and the people who use your services. Many successful big companies have proved that modern office space can be used to provide an advantage in the marketplace.
People in different jobs have the same needs: to collaborate, communicate and have space and time to concentrate in order to drive business growth.
Here are the five office spaces needed for business success.
The Touchdown zone is where employees work for between 30 and 90 minutes. It’s the perfect environment for returning sales people who can prepare for a meeting, check emails or have a catch-up. It improves on hot desking as people can work without distractions. No long, large or formal meetings are allowed here, and it also functions as a quiet area.
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The breakout zone is becoming standard in offices. It’s a place to relax, and it also hosts informal meetings, reducing the strain on meeting rooms. Clients suggest that more informal meetings lead to fewer delays and greater productivity.
This area hosts your photocopier, printer, shredder and recycling. It minimises disruption, maximises printer/photocopier efficiency, and enables spontaneous communications among disparate staff. It has many benefits; a dedicated stationery area may be easily restocked, recycling goes up, and printers minimise paper wastage.
4. Open plan
People work in this area for two hours or more, which fosters collaboration and interaction. Working out loud in this zone allows for productive conversations. Employees should get involved, but keep in mind that long conversations can be distracting.
5. Quiet space
This is great for training and confidential meetings. The area reduces pressure on desk space and allows employees to work without distractions. If nobody has booked the space, it’s open to all.