Why Your Office Design Matters
Typical desk-bound employees spend roughly a third of their waking hours in the office. In previous blog posts, we touched on how the company culture of an office can dramatically impact the quality of life for team members, outcomes for clients and the bottom line for business owners.
Now, let’s explore the impact of the physical space on productivity and creativity. A well-designed office is more than aesthetically pleasing; it’s a place that fosters healthy interpersonal communication, creative inspiration and productivity. That’s why it’s crucial for employers to thoughtfully reflect on the physical space of their office: Is there natural light? Air filtration? Areas for collaboration? Areas for quiet, productive work? Comfortable seating? And, most importantly, does this space reflect the company’s core values?
At Minds On, we maximize the physical components of our office to best suite the needs of our team; from the smell of freshly brewed coffee to a conference room table that can seat everyone, we strive for an environment that is warm and welcoming.
For our clients, we specialize in environmental graphics that can help create a productive sense of space within an office. For those unfamiliar with the concept, environmental graphic design has the power to connect people to a place — it’s where architecture meets identity. We take blank walls, glass dividers and sprawling corridors, and we create life-size graphic art that emboldens your brand and improves wayfinding.
Right now, we’re working with Ease Logistics to create environmental graphics for their stunning new Dublin headquarters. From the main office to the warehouse to the employee gym, environmental graphics provide a cohesive environment that speaks to the core values at Ease.
In a recent interview with Columbus Business First, our founder Tom Augustine delves into his thoughts on that office environment.
“As a fellow entrepreneur, something I appreciate about Ease Logistic’s new office is the CEO’s commitment to making a space that his employees feel proud of, and are well equipped with the right tools to be successful and perform at their best,” Augustine said via email. “During the week, many of our teams are at the office more than they are at home, so the environments we create need to fuel creativity and collaboration.” Quote pulled from a Columbus Business First article.1
An office environment has tangible impacts on business outcomes. For example, according to a recent study2, strong office design can make employees 33 percent happier at work. Happy employees are higher performing employees. The proof is in the data: happy employees are 31 percent more productive, three times as creative and have 37 percent higher sales3 compared to their unhappy counterparts.
These data are striking. That’s why the global understanding of an office has grown and changed so significantly in the last 20 years. From endless rows of gray cubicles to open concept spaces, businesses continue to change their environments in an effort to improve a wide array of outcomes.
Are you ready to explore the impact of an office environment on your employees and your bottom line? If so, we can help! Let’s chat over coffee.
1) Fast-growing logistics company moves to new HQ in Dublin
2) How office environment can impact your employees' mental health
3) How To Increase Productivity By Employee Happiness