Why It Is Time For A Total Office Refit

Is your place of work looking a little shabby? You’re not alone. Every year, thousands of businesses get to the stage where living with the status quo is no longer acceptable. Here are some of the reasons why you need a total office refit

It’s Putting Off Millennials

A recent report by PwC suggested that Millennials were the fussiest generation ever to enter the workforce. Not only do they want ample training opportunities to improve themselves, but they also want to work in a pristine environment. Thus, having a shabby place of work could be putting off top Millennial talent and preventing your business from attracting the best people. Millennials rated having a healthy working environment very highly, implying that this is going to become something that is important for employers going forward. 

It’s Putting Off Customers 

A dental design company recently did a survey of the increase in appointments at clinics that renovated their facilities. They found that renovation and improvements in layout led to an increase of nearly 40 percent in the number of patients entering the practice after a year or so, suggesting that customers care about their environment more than many small businesses realize. It’s important, therefore, for all companies to make their premises as attractive as possible. Doing things like keeping the parking lot clean and tidy, maintaining signs, and creating different spaces for customers is essential. 

Attract More Passing Trade 

If you want to be able to just grab people off the street, you’ve got to have great presentation. That means having something eye-catching, right there in the window, that customers want. Even if you’re not a retailer, there are plenty of opportunities for incredible window dressing marketing campaigns. If you're a gym, you could show how some of your regulars lost weight and toned up, thanks to your exercise classes. Restaurants can also benefit from showcasing the interior of the restaurant, using big, open paned windows. 

Better Health & Safety 

Older designs aren’t usually as well optimized for health and safety as newer layouts, putting your customers and your staff at risk. Redesigning your office space to make it safer boosts staff morale and improves access during an emergency. Ensuring the safety of your employees should be a top priority.

Show Off Your Green Credentials 

Many of today’s current offices are energy guzzling disasters. But with a few simple tweaks, you can make your office greener and improve your public image. Having an eco-friendly office space advertises to customers and clients that you take corporate responsibility seriously and that you’re willing to pay a premium to protect the environment. 

Increase The Productivity Of Your Team 

Office designers used to think that open plan officers were the cutting edge of office design. After all, they were the opposite of the dreaded cubicle which segregated workers during the 1970s and 1980s. But it turns out that open plan might have been an overreaction. The latest research suggests that it may actually make workers less productive and more stressed. What’s needed, say experts, is a hybrid approach: offices need private spaces as well as public areas to thrive.

I hope you enjoyed this article about whether or not it's time for a redesign of your current office workspace.

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