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A study has shown that 62% of so-called “high performance employees” find their workplaces too distracting. Of these employees, 58% noted that they would find private spaces for thinking useful. This study shows why companies find it so hard to find a balance when it comes to office design. Historically, businesses would use a cube as a haven for their employees, but many employees and indeed employers found this to be problematic. In recent years there has been a huge shift towards more open plan offices. This is not surprising; we are naturally sociable creatures and being in a cube feels like the human equivalent of a playpen! But have we been far too quick to move out of the cube and into an open plan free for all?
There is little doubt that finding the perfect blend between an open environment and space for thinking can be an issue. With phones constantly ringing, emails arriving and chatter between staff, a workplace environment can become an incredibly distracting place for those who prefer to work in peace and quiet. The trouble seems to lie in the fact that many people have a preference for one or the other. Some people cannot concentrate in a loud environment, while others thrive in it. So what’s the answer?
It seems clear that modern office design will need to keep in mind the different needs and preferences of staff. One of the options available is to ask staff what their preference is. You may be surprised at the results. By bringing your staff into the fray, you are also indicating to them that their opinion is important and encourages them to have “skin in the game”. Many companies struggle to retain staff as it can be easy for them to feel forgotten about and undervalued. By bringing them into the decision making process, you can gain a real insight into the needs and thoughts of your team, and also highlight their importance to the business.
It seems clear that as time moves on we will begin to see a more hybrid style come to the fore. Office spaces with open areas that encourage teamwork coupled with the addition of quiet spaces that help those who work better that way. This is why custom office design will become ever more important. Custom design allows for a design team to get a real feel for the needs of the business. They can bring the ideas of the businesses staff to life and help to create the ideal environment for them to do their best work. This process ensures that your business not only gets an amazing new office environment, it also empowers the staff and makes them feel more valued.
Your staff feeling more valued and being given a work environment that they played a part in creating can be a huge boost. Coupled with the fact that the space better fits their needs will create a huge upsurge in productivity. Often staff can thrive in new surroundings and the addition of some quiet spaces may also help to produce astonishing results for those who much prefer that environment.
If you like the thought of creating an office space that fits the needs of your staff and business then please get in touch. Our in-house design team can help to create remarkable customised office spaces that are built to the specific needs and requirements of your team. We have more than four decades worth of experience creating offices and can use all of that experience to create the ideal office for you. For more information or to speak to our team, please call 0800 085 1022 or use the form on our contact page and someone will get back to you.
Another project well done by Spaceway. As before, we're very pleased with everything from concept through to completion.
MD, ALPMA UK
"I’m very pleased how they’ve gone through it all and actioned it and they’ve got good depth of resource, good depth of people, and good skilled people who work well and tightly and good communication. So I’m delighted."
Plastimo UK Limited
We are delighted with the finished product. The space has been turned into an exceptional working environment, which will serve us well for years to come
It’s no good having just an empty industrial building you need a concept for space, a design, an infrastructure and someone to build it. Designing something like this from scratch with someone who’s willing to invest in your ideas, Spaceway is your perfect partner.
The office fit out is superbly finished to the highest standards and beyond our expectations.
Our project was finished on time and to budget in what was a very short timescale, which is a credit to the team at Spaceway!
We were delighted with the service from Spaceway.
“I was so happy I did not get bothered throughout the extensive works and that a strict timetable was completed flawlessly. Fantastic experience all round.”
Thank you to Spaceway for the improvements that have been made to move Bodywise forward. You've done a very good job and we look forward to working with you again.
Spaceway worked with us to create the perfect environment for our staff. The completed project was fantastic and utilised the space to provide practical, modern and attractive working surroundings.
We're very impressed with the Spaceway team and the whole project was installed without fault. We are looking forward to working with the team again.
The project was designed to meet our specific requirements which included fitting in 20 more additional workstations using the existing space. The design works well and has met our expectations fully, we will continue to use Spaceway, they do a good job.
The project was challenging to say the least with the removal of 280 workstations and fitting of 400 new ones, along with collaboration areas and 400 bespoke lockers over two weekends, but Spaceway managed to complete this along with office refurbishment works on time and to an excellent standard.