Four things your office needs

Peace and quiet
Your employees will need to be able to enjoy peace and quiet if they are to produce the best work possible. Of course, you don’t want to seclude employees by placing them in cubicles with too-high walls, or in their own private offices, as this can lead to a lack of communication within the workplace.

There is a very fine line between giving your employees peace and quiet and cutting them off from one another. One option is to create ‘pods’ of tables within an open plan office. Sit each department on their own pod so that they can communicate without becoming too noisy.

You might not think that the design of your office could give your employees motivation, but you’d be very wrong. The design and layout of your office could help to motivate up to 90 per cent of your staff.

It’s also been found that 50 per cent of employers fail to assess their employees’ satisfaction in the workplace, which could link back to unsuitable seating that causes back pain, thermostats being set either too high or too low and a lack of monitor breaks causing employee’s to develop eyesight problems. All of this could lead your team to feel demotivated.

Ensure your office layout is up to scratch by employing a designer to create the perfect office for your business.

While your employees will be at work to do just that – work, they will also be entitled to some time to relax during the day. Their lunch break can help your employees to recoup after a long morning of work, so that they’re ready for the afternoon.

Consider providing your employees with games and entertainment for their lunch break. A pool table or games console could be a great idea, and as long as you factor this into your office layout design everyone should be able to make the most of it.

Computing options
Most office workers in this day and age use a computer throughout the day. Ensure your employees have monitors that are large enough to allow them to complete tasks easily – consider fitting dual screens at each workstation if this would help them.

Working phone lines and computers that are up to scratch will also be required, along with a fast internet connection.

You can easily create an office that your employees are happy to work from by including these four aspects into your office design.


Paul Jones

Editor of Business Matters, the UKs largest business magazine

Editor of Business Matters, the UKs largest business magazine