Research indicates that up to A$2.2 trillion dollars is being wasted globally on poorly designed office space.1 This waste can be attributed to the lease costs of unused real estate and the money spent on maintaining that space. Evoke Projects has some tips for ensuring your commercial real estate dollars are well spent during your next office fit-out or refurbishment.
Like so many things in life, success is in the planning. Many businesses lack a workplace strategy when it comes to space planning. They have sales and marketing strategies to grow the business but overlook the infrastructure to support and foster the talent of the people who need to deliver the strategy. It is worth your time to develop a short and long term workplace strategy.
In the past, medical centres and healthcare practices were designed as functional places with a focus on hygiene and equipment. Today, healthcare design is becoming more people oriented as it’s recognised that a sterile environment shouldn’t extend to the whole feel of a place! Evoke Projects looks at how modern healthcare design aims to create spaces where patients and staff feel more at home.
That might sound a bit dramatic, but think about it… We all approach a task with one of two attitudes. We either engage with the task, giving it our full attention and caring about the outcome. Alternatively, we focus on getting a job done so we’re free to do something else. Engage or escape.
It won’t come as any surprise that engaged employees are more productive. Evoke Projects looks at how your office design and fit-out can make or break employee engagement.
Many people don’t realise that there is a difference. After all, they are both worthwhile behaviours that will make the workplace a happier place. But only one of them will definitely make a difference to your business results. Evoke Projects explores workplace collaboration and cooperation explaining how your office design and fit-out can support the one that really matters.
The kitchen probably isn’t the central focus of your office design, but perhaps it should be… Research shows that the company ‘breakout’ area can have a big impact on productivity. Evoke Projects takes a look at the humble kitchen’s role in today’s workplaces.
Undoubtedly, people are the most important asset of a business. In fact, it’s been said that the skill of employees accounts for 85% of a company’s assets.1 As you know, when a savvy investment is made in assets, the returns can be exponential. The work environment is the framework in which your team’s skills develop, and ‘people centric’ office design creates the optimum environment by supporting and inspiring the team. Evoke Projects looks at the rationale of putting architecture second to people when it comes to office fit-outs.
A university study showed that adding pot plants to an office increases productivity by 15%.1 If a few plants can do that, just imagine the benefits of a complete office fit-out that has been holistically inspired by nature! Biophilia, which literally means “love of living things”, is at the heart of a growing office design trend to reconnect people with nature during their working day. Evoke Projects looks at the benefits of biophilia and how you can introduce natural elements during your next office fit-out or office refurbishment.
There has been a lot of media coverage about a Harvard report that suggested open plan office designs are reducing collaboration. Many commentators have jumped on the ‘open plan is bad’ bandwagon while others have highlighted the deficiencies in Harvard’s data collection and assumptions. Evoke Projects has looked at the arguments and believes that both sides can be ‘right’ because there are pros and cons of open plan working. It’s the planning and execution of the office fit-out that makes the difference.
Coworking might once have been considered a Millennial or business start-up ‘thing’, but in 2019, it is transforming office space leasing. With an estimated 1.7 million people already coworking and growth at 20% per year in global cities, this is a force to be reckoned with 1. Evoke Projects looks at the coworking movement and what it means for office fit-outs and refurbishments.
According to the Black Dog Institute, poor mental health at work is estimated to cost the economy over $12billion each year, including over $200million worth of workers compensation claims. These numbers are staggering. While mental health is a very complex subject, Evoke Projects looks at what aspects of the office design and workplace fit-out can help management build a healthier workforce.