As dramatic as it may sound, the difference between a bad and good UK office design could be the difference between success and failure for a SME organisation. A well-designed office is a valuable addition to any company’s portfolio for a variety of reasons:
An office design should represent a company’s brand and values and should support and enhance their business. The office should reflect the nature of the company and support its objectives. Think of it as an extension of your services and products and when a client visits the office or an employee comes to work, they should gain a real sense of what the organisation is trying to achieve by the environment it operates in.
It is true that UK office design costs money but when putting together a plan, there is no reason why a good design should be more expensive than a bad one. However, more time and effort should be given in the design stage to ensure it meets the needs of the business and well as its employees. There should be a return on this investment though, as a good UK office design can help to attract and retain staff (and therefore reduce people overheads in the long term) as well as help to attract clients and provide them with the best impression possible of your business.
Good office design can increase productivity and employee engagement. A good layout design not only increases communication and collaboration but also helps to increase employee morale. A well-designed office with well-considered spaces that meet the needs of specific teams, can in turn increase creativity for some and efficiency for others. All depending on what the requirement is for those specific individuals.
Although there is of course an upfront investment required for a good office design, the good news is that an efficiently designed office can reduce your carbon footprint and reduce the year on year running costs and maintenance of the building.
A Nice Place to Work
The fact of the matter is that for many people, an office is a second home in that it is where employees will spend most of their time outside of their own. For them to be happy, it needs to be an environment that if not only productive and meets their needs, but it also must be a ‘nice’ environment. It needs to be physically comfortable, culturally reflective of the company’s values and promote an easy, collaborative relationship between employees.
So, in answer to the question is a good UK office design important? The answer is undeniably yes. It can reflect the brand of a business to its clients and staff helping to win and retain both. It can increase the productivity of its staff and save money in the long term if designed right, and most importantly it can promote healthy working relationships between workers. Not bad for a simple office designed in the right way!