Great Designs: The Business Case for an Office Refit


Do you get to work in the morning and think wow, my office is a truly inspirational domain, where ideas flourish and relationships excel? You might well do if you work at one of these most unconventional offices, but if you don't, it might be time to consider the business case for an office refit. That's where we come in... 


As part of our #GreatDesigns series, we're going to take a short and concise look at a number of key indicators that might be telling you it's time for a much-needed update. On we go...



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Great Designs: Office Design Over the Decades



Does Your Office Still Look Like This?

It's all the rage nowadays, to combine the old with the new, especially amongst interior designers, but when your whole office is stuck in a decade that is pre-21st century, it may be time to update your workspace. Now, don't get me wrong, I love vintage, and by all means, bring in those classic Herman Miller chairs and industrial effect lights, but remember, your space has to be clean, well-ventilated, and comfortable for your workforce, or otherwise, you're going to see a drop in productivity and outcome. 



Does your office still look like this? ~ Great Designs: Office Design Over the Decades



It might seem costly to create a positive and welcoming space, but believe it or not, most buildings have the basic foundations in place to already achieve this. Sometimes, all it takes is a lick of paint, or perhaps the addition of some new furniture to mix it up. Simple ideas work best (as expected), and can be more easily implemented, but don't let this limit you, some of the more fancier modern office design features of recent were carried out on a tighter budget than what you think.  


Just remember, modernity isn't the enemy here! It's good to bring about change from time to time, and it may well help you to attract younger-generations, whilst helping to spark the creative outputs of your existing employees too.




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Are Your Staff Happy? 

It's a simple question, but one that's harder to answer than you'd typically expect. You see, people have different personality types, and this can sometimes cause a clash when these mixed personalities are thrusted into environments that don't compliment them. Take for instance an introverted character in an open office, or an extrovert in a private, secluded space - not quite suitable on both sides, but how do you create that fine balance to make it work for the whole team?



Are your staff happy? Great Designs: Office Design Tips to Increase Staff Happiness ~ Image source: Pexels



Co-working areas and office break-out spaces are the best way to cater to a variety of personality types. At different times, they can serve as a quiet getaway space, where workers can put their head down to smash their deadlines, and then in another instance, with the right combination of furniture and appliances, these areas can be converted into a fully-fledged social hub, with multiple staff members coercing to build relationships and eventually... ideas.


Make sure your employees have a choice when selecting their working environments. This way, you can get the best out of everyone, and have a more happier workforce to boot.



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Are You Fully Connected?

Do you find yourself scrambling amongst the wires, moments before an important presentation or meeting is about to begin? We've all been there, fiddling about with audio connections and failed computers, but it shouldn't be this way in the modern business age, and it may well cost you that all important opportunity if it is!


You see, spontaneity can be a beautiful mechanism, and it is certainly embedded within everything we do in the office environment of today. Example: You might want to suddenly load up your laptop to showcase your latest designs now you've caught your boss on one of their rarer, spare moments, but alas, you've run out of battery and have no socket for a charge. Typical! And now they've gone to their next meeting... But if this is the case, and your office is severely lacking in power outlets, TV monitors and strong wi-fi connections, then it might be time to get yourself better connected.



Don't miss that all important opportunity ~ Intelligent furniture - fully connected 



Thankfully, the world of office furniture design has provided us with a number of intelligent solutions to adapt to the needs of spontaneous interaction. Take the example above, with a cleverly integrated power supply, moulded into the top of the table. There's no need to miss your next on-the-spot presentation opportunity now! Tables and side desks like these can come in all shapes and sizes, and can be cleverly positioned in hallways, reception areas and general office environments. Give your workforce the power of connectivity, and they may well give you the power of productivity in return.


We can sometimes underestimate the effect technology has in the modern workplace, but you must always be ready and willing to update, in order to deliver the most effective services to both employees and customers alike. If not, you run the risk of being left behind, with a struggling workforce and further loss of precious business time, and no one wants that! 



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If you're still mulling over the business case for an office refit, then take a look at our large variety of case study projects - big and small; compare what you do have and what you don't, and then feel free to talk to us about our leading office refurbishment and complimentary space planning services.


We'll be sure to bring you up to speed when concerning your interior office refurbishment solution. Until next time.


Post by Adam Bissmire-Mullen

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