After reading our Form and Function blog post, you know that interior design goes much further than just decorating your workspace. Studies show time and time again that good office design improves productivity – and, conversely, the wrong choices curb it.
This is all great, but what does that actually mean in practice? Can an interior designer really save my company money?
The simple answer is: yes. One report states that a small 2-5% increase in employee productivity could cover the entire cost of workplace accommodation. Considering that good lighting alone can boost performance by up to 20%, the numbers speak for themselves.
An interior designer has the expertise, experience and eye to make the best choices for your workspace. Here are the 5 key features of office space design that an interior designer would focus on to improve your staff’s wellbeing and, as a result, your company’s output:
How do your employees want to work? Studies show that engaged employees who are vested in a business can boost profits by 20%, yet the vast majority of office workers feel disengaged – by nearly 2 to 1. Designing an office around people builds a connection between employee and a brand, increasing retention and, of course, productivity.
Perhaps your employees show a significant interest in working remotely and flexibly. This could mean fewer desk stations and more meeting rooms for your office. Understanding your employees is the first step in shaping how your office looks and operates.
The right lighting can quite literally make or break employee output. Indeed, improved lighting – both natural and artificial – is linked to increases in productivity up to 20%, as well to higher retention rates.
What makes the optimum lighting? This answer depends on your building layout, use of space and even what your company does. Lighting is often a great asset in an office, unless it causes glare. This is why it’s so important to understand how your space will be used and choose lighting to suit each area.
Acoustics greatly affect the operations of any office. Background noise can improve the performance of routine tasks (by up to 38%, studies show), while that same noise can distract employees who are writing or researching.
Furniture, flooring, walls, ceilings and other building materials all shape the acoustics of a workspace. Meeting rooms should be soundproof, but choosing the wrong materials for its walls can mean a confidential conversation is heard by the entire floor.
4. Ergonomics & Layout
Poor ergonomics and layout are some of the biggest offenders for employee productivity and satisfaction. The most modern companies are moving towards a flexible, activity-based approach for their office spaces, planning a layout around how their staff works – and not the other way around.
This means not just one type of space but a variety of options to suit your workers, from private nooks to collaborative areas. Beyond the layout, everything from desk choice, chair choice to facilities and air quality affects ergonomics, and it’s crucial that all of these work in harmony for optimum employee wellbeing.
Imagine that a worker in your office is asked to get an important document. And because you don’t have the proper storage in place, it takes 3 times as long as it should. More specifically, statistics show that, on average, every employee in the UK loses one hour every day to disorganisation.
Time is money, and disorganisation in the office can cost.
An interior designer has resources and contacts that you may not have, bringing in the right people for the job. We often work with organising team Sorted London on our workspace interior projects. This ensures your storage and operations run smoothly and efficiently, saving you time and money.
With so many elements to consider in achieving the right office space, it’s so important to bring in an expert. Without the proper knowledge of an interior designer, your company could be left wasting time and money. Most importantly, an interior designer designs around your people, ensuring your office works for your business – and not the other way around.
Sometimes, you need to invest to make a profit. An interior designer is more than just a decorator, but an investment in your company’s productivity, staff and ultimately its success.