A few simple design fixes in your office environment can make you and your employees happier, healthier and much more productive. Research proves this time and time again so it’s worth the effort to review these ten easy steps to improve your office space.
With millions of Australians working in office-based jobs, it is surprising how much attention is placed on the cost per square metre, rather than the productivity and motivation of the people within that space. After all, staff costs are significantly higher than office costs.
Jerry Kennard, Managing Director of Evoke Projects, an Australian business specialising in efficient workspace design, explains further: “It has long been recognised that productivity will increase in well-designed offices because staff are motivated and have an emotional commitment to their employer. According to research, the increase can be as high as 36%.
You may not want to go as far as Google, with Lego and playground slides in the office, but there is definitely a lot to be said for an office environment that inspires and motivates staff.
Jerry Kennard, Managing Director of Evoke Projects, an Australian business specialising in efficient workspace design, explains: “It has long been recognised that productivity will increase in well-designed offices because staff are motivated and have an emotional commitment to their employer. According to research, the increase can be as high as 36%.
Given that most of us spend over 30% of our time in the workplace, it seems obvious that our work environment can impact our health. But what constitutes a work ‘environment’ and what can employers do to improve wellness in the workplace?
Firstly, it pays to recognise that wellness in the workplace is about more than a duty of care towards employees. Think about the most dynamic companies of our time. Perhaps Google, Microsoft or Twitter spring to mind? Interestingly, these companies made it onto Greatest list of Healthiest Companies to Work For in America. They recognise that happy people are productive people and these businesses focus on ‘environment’ as a way of attracting and retaining the best talent. Other healthy companies include Eventbrite (they even have a Zen room!), General Electric and Accenture.
Brett Hunter, Director of Raine & Horne, Avoca, shares his testimonial for Evoke Projects.
View the video testimonial by Strategic Group
Senior Designer Appointed at Evoke Projects
Evoke Projects is delighted to announce the recent appointment of Candice Lafforgue as Senior Design Consultant. Based between Sydney, Central Coast and Newcastle, Ms Lafforgue will lead the design team to drive growth and take the business to the next level of workplace design excellence.
Ms Lafforgue has over twelve years of experience in corporate design, both within Australia and internationally, for companies such as Sheldon Commercial Interiors and Accent Office Interiors. Candice brings with her a wealth of experience that will be fully utilised by Evoke Projects.
Brett Hunter, Principal, Raine and Horne Avoca Beach
“I was really impressed with the attention to detail, particularly by our project manager, who was a joy to work with. You can imagine how many tradespeople were involved in this fit out and he just made it happen. If he saw something not quite right, it was fixed before you knew it. We’ll definitely use Evoke Projects for the next stages of the Strategic Group fit out, without a doubt.” Chris Boswell, CEO, Strategic Group
“Having their own manufacturing facility means I can ring them up with any request and they’ll just come up with an idea and make it happen…..”
Lynne Bennett, Project Administrator, Xstrata Coal Ravensworth