Advertisements

Can your office design improve productivity?

The start-up culture put office design under the spotlight with the likes of Google and Apple making headlines for creating elaborate workspaces for their employees. Suddenly, the idea of having chill out areas, games consoles and all kinds of other office perks is considered a good thing. But do they really improve productivity?

As it turns out, they often cause more harm than good, as multiple studies and reports have shown.

Which begs the question: what does a productive office look like? In this article, you’ll find out why following the Google model doesn’t work for most businesses. And what you need to consider for your next office redesign.

 

Can your office design improve productivity image

 

Why doesn’t the Google model work?

The easy answer to this question is that the Google model does work – for Google. However, this doesn’t mean throwing a slide in the middle of a lawyers’ office is suddenly going to make a firm 30% more productive. In fact, studies of more than 300 companies have found open-plan offices – where everyone works in the same space – significantly hurts productivity.

While another study from last year revealed that 58% of high-performance employees say they need quieter working spaces to get things done.

As HubSpot’s Jami Oetting explains on Medium, open working spaces often improve communication. But may employees say they feel less productive and creative due to the increase in noise and distractions. So, clearly, the Google approach isn’t working for many businesses but what does that mean for your next office design?

 

Designing an office that works for you

The reason many businesses fail with office redesigns is because they simply try to copy something they’ve seen elsewhere. Oh, that company did this and increased productivity by 120% – let’s do that!

Except the reason “that company” increased productivity is because they extensively researched and planned their office redesign to meet their unique needs. They didn’t try to copy the latest success story in Forbes.

As UK office design consultancy Office Principles says:

 

“The workplace should always support employees in their work. A smart office should be centred on the people working there. What attracts and motivates them to be able to perform at their best? In order to achieve maximum workplace productivity an office should be designed for flexibility. Flexible in a way that it is accessible to be used every day depending on different activities. And that it is open for changes and innovation over time.”

 

The Way Forward

The key to boosting productivity through office design is understanding the challenges your team faces on a day-to-day basis. As we’ve already established, improving communication by adding open workspaces often comes at the cost of hurting overall productivity and creativity. So you may need to consider a mix of open and private spaces that your team can move between as needed.

It’s also important to provide areas where your staff can relax during breaks. This would allow them come back more refreshed. This doesn’t mean turning every desk into chess boards is going to help them get things done when they need to be concentrating on work. So forget about the gimmicks and concentrate on making sure you invest in the right equipment your team needs to get the job done. For many companies, this means the right computers, software and comfortable furniture.

Finally, always remember that office designs don’t end with the layout and contents of your workspace. You also need to create the right kind of office culture to get the most from your staff and enable them to get the best results. For some teams, this might mean flexible working while others might perform better under a stricter set of guidelines. It’s your job to know what will make your employees more productive.

 

 

Office design picture

 

As with anything in business, there’s no magic fix that’s going to boost productivity for every company. The firms that get results achieve them by setting out clear goals. And conducting the research it takes to find the answers they need. The most productive office for your business is going to be unique from every other workspace. And your first job is to find out what that should look and feel like for your employees.

 

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think an office design has the power to improve productivity? Do sound off in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading.

 

*Collaborative post.

Advertisements

Knee High Socks – A Comfort Brace by Adam & Eesa

A week ago, my friend called me late at night and told me about a couples themed party. It was knee highs, fur coats and miniskirts dress code for a fabulous feminine look. The theme for men was to be a 90’s hero; hippy glasses, striped shirts, knee high boots and tight pants. I already started planning for the party as it was Friday and the party was to be on Saturday. I got my mini skirt and fur coat from my cupboard but I was worrying for socks as my cupboard was short of knee high socks. I was thinking of how to get a new pair of over the high knee socks in such limited time. I couldn’t compromise on my theme at any cost. Suddenly, I was struck by an idea to go for online shopping, which as you all know is my favourite thing to do.

 

303_Socks_1-8021-2

Socks shopping:

I did browse ‘eBay’ firstly for socks and found many options available on there. The variety of socks was incredible. The funky and cheeky socks in lots of designs really appealed to me. I wanted socks that could turn my entire look into a 90’s dapper style It’s always confusing to choose from thousands of options. However I finally stumbled across the gem “thick stripe over the knee high socks”. It was in black and pink colour contrast combination with Soft Stretch and machine washable fabric. The socks were of the ‘Adam and Eesa’ brand. I had no idea of the brand at that time but was very pleased to see their free shipping service in UK and their short delivery times.

 

DSC_5425

 

T-shirts shopping:

I wanted my fella to wear the full costume for the themed dinner. As well as socks shopping, I had to buy a T-shirt for him. I searched for a mens work out T-shirts on the Amazon website and found multiple brands there. After browsing many options, I picked the “Men’s Breathable Performance Workout Shirt” in size large.  I ordered promptly when I looked into the details, 65% Nylon, 35% polyester and slim fit in size. I was pleasantly surprised to see the same brand “Adam and Eesa” in the details. At that time, I breathed a sigh of relief as we both now had the full dress code for Saturday night’s party. At that time, I was curious to know about the Adam and Eesa brand and searched it on google.

I explored the whole website and found its clothing collection unique and versatile with latest trends and styles. Adam and Eesa is purely a global lifestyle brand that offers a wide selection of apparel for men, women and kids. I received both my orders on time and was once again impressed with their quick service and follow up.  I found both items (knee high socks and men workout shirt) were of high quality, looked extremely comfortable and classic. I’ve already placed a second order and have spread the word between family and friends about this family run, UK based source of joy, Adam & Eesa Ltd.  It’s a luxury online marketplace for ladies, mens and kidswear. It’s easy to get addicted to the site and it’s a must-visit destination for on-trend fashion.

What do you think of this brand? Are you a fan of knee high socks?

 

*Collaborative Post.

Chanel Is The Coolest Fashion Brand

Chanel has been named the coolest fashion brand in the world on the annual CoolBrands List.  Chanel came in at No 13, followed by Prada at No 14 and Alexander McQueen at No 19.

Chanel

Other brands to feature in the top 20 are Apple at No 1, Virgin Atlantic at No 9, Google at No 7, YouTube at No 6 amongst others.

error: Content is protected !!