15 things that make for a great office environment
One: Great People
Your people are what really make up your organisation. A successful organisation doesn’t happen without great people. An effective talent retention and attraction strategy will help you to hold onto your best team players and recruit new ones as your company grows and develops.
Two: Team Spirit
A Positive team spirit will be born out of good people combining forces to work towards a greater goal. Without team spirit, good people are almost wasted. There’s an African Proverb; ‘If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together’. If you have a good team spirit in your organisation, the possibilities are endless.
Communication is one of the most important aspects of business, and indeed life itself. Nurturing excellent communication is within reach of every organisation. Ensure that your workspace is designed to help your people communicate and collaborate effectively. Be like Google and design your workspace to enhance the happening of Chance Encounters.
Four: Intelligent Workspace Planning
A productive workspace will have been intelligently designed to help your people do their best work. Promote creativity, collaboration and focussed working with an intelligent office design.
Five: Work Zones Suited To Tasks
Within any intelligently designed office space will be a collection of spaces that facilitate the range of activities that are performed by your workforce. This could include private zones for high-concentration tasks, or informal meeting spaces for team catch-ups or meetings.
Six: A Range of Personalities
A great office would never be complete without a range of different personalities. Variety is the spice of life and this is certainly true when referring to people. A mix of characters brings a mix of skills to the table, enabling your business to grow in ways that you never would have thought possible.
Seven: Good Coffee
It goes without saying that an office can’t be great without good coffee. Whilst it’s health benefits are negotiable, in the UK we drink around 55 million cups every day.
Eight: Up To Date Technology
The technology in your workspace needs to be up-to-date and facilitating the best work from your people. We’re not talking about the latest and greatest on the tech scene, but an IT provision that offers your staff everything they need to get their job done.
Nine: Easy To Access
Your office space should be easy to access. This includes everything from intuitive lifts in a multi-storey building to sufficient parking or suitable transport links.
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Eleven: Acoustic Control
Good acoustics are important in any space. Ensure that excess noise is deadened by installing textured panels, desk screens or partitioning. Help your people to concentrate and produce their best work.
Twelve: Ample Lighting
Office lighting is imperative to the productivity of your people. Correct lighting helps to combat fatigue and enhances well being.
Thirteen: Flexible Working
Today’s talent pool is looking for more than wages and employee perks. Flexible working, both in terms of location and time spent in the office is a growing for a good reason. Allowing employees a flexible approach to their work-life balance helps them to work more effectively and gain better results for your organisation.
Fourteen: Comfortable and Ergonomic Furniture
The furniture in your office space is more important than you might think. The welfare of your employees is greatly impacted by your furniture offering. Choose office furniture that will keep your people comfortable and healthy. Choosing good quality furniture will ensure the longevity of your office space.
Fifteen: Healthy Options
Today’s drive towards a healthier happier workforce is supported by a mass of evidence. Many organisations are already seeing the benefits of offering their team perks like free gym membership, fitness wearables and sit-stand desking. Embracing more active ways of working like walking meetings is also a great way to promote healthier employees.