In today’s flexible working environment, companies need and are reinventing their workspace to be accommodating.
Giving your office space a refurbishment to fit into this new working pattern is likely to increase employee’s motivation, improve productivity and cut costs!
So, what do we mean by Flexible Office Design?
Flexible office designs are open-concept spaces that welcome employee workflow and collaboration. Outdated office designs will now fail to recognise employees’ independence and working preferences, working against their productivity and efficiency.
Flexible workspaces find better uses for infrequently used meeting spaces and private working areas. Hot desks, sociable workspaces and innovative meeting rooms have proven to be the way forward in today’s world.
Let’s look at the benefits of a Flexible Office Design
Businesses that optimise flexible office designs benefit from a healthier culture, happier and more efficient employees and potentially substantial cost savings. With employees’ work style in mind, your business can produce higher-quality output at lower costs through the following advantages of flexible workspaces.
1. Creates a “Third Place”
Third places give employees the freedom to leave confined settings and perform equally, if not more, beneficial work in other areas around the office. Being able to refresh their surroundings, gain inspiration from co-workers and regain energy encourages employees to maximise their efficiency throughout the workday.
- A set of couches equipped with working accessories
- An inviting breakroom with enough space to relax and refresh
- A coffee bar where employees can get the coffee-shop feel
2. Improves Employee Wellbeing
Everyone has a unique way of doing things. One advantage of office environments is the harmonious workflow of different working styles. Flexible office designs recognise different personal working styles. Employees already know what they require to be more productive, and the adaptivity of a flexible workspace gives them the freedom to make those decisions.
3. Activity-Based Working
In the workplace, dead time can take shape in ways like lags between meetings, waiting to get approval on a project, grabbing a quick snack to power through the afternoon slump.
Eliminating dead-time activities is nearly impossible, but you can restructure employees’ working environment to encourage activity-based work. Employees need the freedom to move around the office to areas that will optimise their performance, and, with the right space, employers can have peace of mind knowing they’ve designed their flexible office to spark efficiency and inspiration.
Hot desking is a modern solution to office workspaces. Access to modern technology and software allows businesses to eliminate the costly assigned seating workspace model, replaced by innovative seating where employees “check in” to an open desk.
Some employees work best when collaborating with others, so create multipurpose areas around the office where employees can congregate to brainstorm and strengthen ideas or thoughts.
TIP: Design your workspace to fit your business’ culture. Listen to your employees and pinpoint ways you can introduce adaptable workspaces to meet their needs.
For more information on how to create a flexible workspace that will keep your employees motivated and productive, contact Total Interior Contracts today!