The topic of office culture may seem abstract and esoteric, something for human resources experts to focus on at planning meetings. But the reality is that your corporate culture is at the heart of your business success. It makes a difference to the way your team collaborates and the way staff interact with customers. Office fit-out company, Evoke Projects, looks at why culture is important and how you can build a more positive office culture.
In a 2017 survey, 43% of workers said their workplace offered a well-being program.1 By 2020, we should surely have one of the healthiest workforces in the world. Yet the latest research estimates that absenteeism is costing the Australian economy $44 billion each year.2 Presumably a lack of physical and mental well-being is substantially behind this. Office fit-out company and workplace well-being advocate, Evoke Projects, has delved into the experts’ advice on this subject, and discovered that CEOs could do a lot more.
January always evokes those feelings of ‘out with the old and in with the new’. And why should your office design be any different? If a new office fit-out, refurbishment or relocation is on the cards for 2020, read about the latest office design trends from Evoke Projects.
It’s every business owner’s dream—a motivated workforce that is committed to growing the business. Research shows that creating a positive employee experience is the best path towards this cultural holy grail.
The business culture, office design and physical environment have a dramatic impact on overall employee experience. Evoke Projects believes it is particularly important that your office design provides a cocoon that nurtures the talent within your business. These statistics support our views:
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.