As this fascinating report reveals, only one in three UK employees are highly motivated at work. A worrying statistic, to say the least…
It certainly begs the question: what can be done to stem the tide? Plus, can office design play a part in switching unproductive, disenchanted employees into engaged, highly motivated ones?
We think so. In fact, we’d go so far as to say that the right office space can more than empower employees day to day, it can change workplace culture.
Rethink your fit out to create choice
An intelligent office refurbishment means more than just swapping desks around. It is about considering how you can get the best out of each and every member of your team.
Once you create a working space that encompasses flexibility and autonomy, you increase employee options. When employees feel trusted to choose where they work in the office or even out the office, job satisfaction can shoot through the roof – along with staff loyalty.
In office design terms, this might mean providing quiet spaces as well as collaborative ones, work from home options, sit/stand desks… A flexible office design can create a dynamic workforce who feel truly valued…
Strike the right balance
Achieving the right work/life balance is something we all strive for. That is why it is important to create the right atmosphere in an office so your team feel at home at work…
A ‘home from home’ feeling can help employees connect to their workplace – giving them a sense of belonging. In practical terms, an agile office needs to be more than a place of work. It needs to offer a taste of home.
Social spaces with comfy sofas, smart eating facilities – even a games zone – can help staff switch periodically or let off a little steam when necessary. More than that, they help people connect on a human level.
Opportunities for staff to mingle can be a huge motivator, making social spaces a crucial element of successful office design. Breakout spaces encourage conversations amongst employees whether it be work-related encouraging collaborative thought processes or non work-related contributing to a restful mind.