It’s no secret that levels of productivity in the UK have dipped in recent years and there are many factors that contribute to this. Employees have been working longer and feeling less appreciated by their superiors, both elements that have negatively affected the productivity levels and willingness to go the extra mile for the employer.
In the previous article we looked at how to establish the parameters for an office refurb/fit-out project and how to get the right people involved to ensure the project is a success. In this article we turn our attention to the refit itself and focus on the structural changes available that can be made within your existing workplace to deliver the workspace your business needs.
So, you feel that your business needs are not being met by your current workspace – this maybe due to increasing staff numbers, changes in working practices, increased demand for machinery, more stock holding space, physical degradation or a combination of elements, for example – what should you consider in order to get the desired result?
Modern offices are always on the look out for futuristic furniture that provides more purpose than it’s initial function. In 2018 we see office furniture designers pushing the boundaries to provide the next best piece of furniture that embodies everything the modern office requires and more.
Whilst the ‘traditional’ view of Japanese workspaces is one of ‘robot-like efficiency’, a move is now underway to provide workspaces to promote creativity, well-being and productivity. Are there any lessons to be learned for UK businesses looking to relocate or undertake and office fit out or refurbishment?
When Facebook selected to move their HQ to a pre-existing set of buildings in Menlo Park, their brief to interior designers Gensler was that the fit-out should be “open, mobile, socially connected, dimensionally aware, culturally relevant and personally sustaining“. How did this philosophy-led approach to interior design be realised and ware there any lessons that can be learnt from their approach?