Sleep, productivity and mood are all affected by light. This is because of the human ‘circadian rhythm’, our 24-hour internal clock. In simple terms, when it is dark, our brain sends a hormone signal to make us tired, while light has the opposite effect. If our circadian rhythm is upset, we are likely to feel weary in the daytime and yet have difficulty sleeping at night.
An office design that looks and feels good will keep employees motivated. This is important, as motivation helps to retain the best talent and reduce business operating costs. Did you know it can cost as much as 50 to 60 percent of an employee’s annual salary to replace them? *
With this in mind, employers of choice are embracing more holistic office design to improve the work-life balance. Lounge and breakout areas, activity based work zones, multifunctional furniture—they have so much to offer staff.
Yet employers still have a duty of care to provide a safe working environment, so it is important to introduce these modern office design trends safely. Evoke Projects shows you how to make your office look and feel good, safely.
Never has it been more important for employers to understand the emerging workforce. With websites such as Glass Door and Seek providing a platform for employees to review their workplaces, jobseekers have more information than ever before. The ambience, culture and comfort of an office can be greatly improved with clever office design, so Evoke Projects has some tips to encourage your staff to rate your workplace highly.
Office design is often driven by your available real estate, particularly the size and shape of the workspace. While potential layouts will naturally be affected by the usable space, you can maximise your use of space and thereby your productivity potential. Evoke Projects offers this advice on practical office design:
Look around your office. Feel the vibe. Is it a busy, high-functioning office that conveys energy and the pursuit of excellence? Do you feel that every employee is giving 100% and believes in your brand? If you think there’s room for improvement, follow Evoke Projects’ tips for increasing productivity in your workplace.
There’s no disputing that smartphones and tablets have revolutionised the way we work. For the most part, these changes are positive: greater productivity potential, better collaboration and smarter working.
But, and it’s a big BUT… the positives can so easily become negatives if you don’t structure your office interior design to suit the mobile workplace. It’s important that productivity doesn’t lead to burn-out and that privacy doesn’t suffer in the quest for collaboration.
Evoke Projects has helped many clients benefit from the mobile workplace through innovative office interior design strategies, so here are our top five tips.
A recent study determined a modern workplace design can increase employee motivation and productivity. The results indicate that a motivating force for employees is the physical environment of the workplace as it represents status which has an effect on job satisfaction and performance. Staff motivation can also be heavily impacted by how satisfied employees are with their day to day working conditions.
Providing employees with a choice of work styles and continuing to combine open plan designs with focus and collaboration zones are the modern office design trends for 2016. Professionally designed office layouts will achieve the ultimate outcome for your team’s specific needs and produce the results you are after; this will generally requires a mix of zones but should always be tailored to the individual workplace’s requirements.
A happy team is a productive team. Your office design has a substantial influence on your employees’ happiness so as 2016 gets into swing, Evoke Projects looks at how a new office fitout can improve the team performance in your workplace and also help you become an ‘employer of choice’.
Get motivated! Be productive!
Have you ever noticed how your mood is affected by light? That burst of energy on a bright, sunny day certainly seems harder to summon up on a rainy morning. Interestingly, the same is true in the workplace, so Evoke Projects examines the relationship between office lighting and productivity, with tips for your next office refurbishment or fitout.
How does office lighting affect productivity?
If you are considering an office refurbishment or a new fitout, you will have to choose between different office layout options. Open plan is still the most popular choice for many businesses, so Evoke Projects takes a look at the advantages and disadvantages of an open plan office design.