We often talk about how employee morale can impact engagement levels, productivity, turnover and absence levels.
One way we can improve employee happiness is by creating the right environment.
In simple terms, this means that an office refurbishment can have far-reaching consequences for your business, and getting it right can improve your company’s overall performance.
A study of 2,000 UK office workers, carried out by Office Genie, found that office design elements can boost employee happiness by up to 33 percent and when the demands of workers are looked at in more detail, it becomes clear that the layout of your office can have a huge impact on morale.
Despite the popularity of open plan designs, a 2013 Gensler study found that 69 percent of employees are unhappy with workplace noise levels, while 77 percent prefer quiet when they need to focus. Your office layout should take this into consideration and provide private spaces, where people can work quietly if they choose to.
In terms of pure design elements, a study by the University of Washington found that access to green spaces can help the mind to focus, while various studies have linked natural light to improved mood.
Floor-to-ceiling windows and plants are simple additions to an office environment, which can lead to significant benefits. Meanwhile, a greater sense of pride can be established through effective office branding.
Finally, an office layout aiming to improve happiness should prioritise flexibility. Employees like to move around, especially in this age of tablets and smartphones, and increasing freedom can boost happiness by 12 percent.
“We’ve long been advocates of the idea that workplace design has a huge impact on employee happiness,” says Peter Ames, head of strategy at Office Genie. “In the modern workplace, where things such as flexible working are increasingly at the forefront of workers concerns, we’d urge an even stronger focus on factors such as design.”
Reno Macri is a founder and director of a leading exhibition and office design company Enigma Visual Solutions, specialising in retail designs, interiors, graphic productions, signage systems, office refurbishment, event branding, conference set design and much more. He specialises in experiential marketing and event productions. He enjoys sharing his thoughts on upcoming marketing ideas and design trends. Feel free to follow him on twitter.