There is strong evidence that supports employee workplace performance is directly linked to the level of innovative office design. This is not just tied to integrated technology, but rather, innovative office design that is implemented through all areas: from how comfortable a desk is to whether the employee lounge is laid out to accommodate both large groups and private conversations.
Exceptional workplace innovation starts when you begin to think three steps ahead of your current office environment. You should consider how to combine new office furniture design to boost productivity and breakthroughs. It may be difficult to find one universal metric that easily measures productivity in the workplace, however, at PVI Office Furniture, we have determined that there are four key “work modes” that are essential to achieve productivity and creativity: focus, collaboration, learning, and socializing.
In some estimates that we have seen, 48 million U.S. workers are working in an office that is not set up to help them innovate. This could potentially represent billions of dollars in lost revenue and profit for countless organizations. As a company, you could potentially be leaving money on the table, not to mention stunting the growth of your brand and employee loyalty with an outdated office design.
To ensure your company supports innovative office design, at PVI Office Furniture, we recommend you review these four work modes to tap into the creativity, productivity and breakthroughs among your employees.
To achieve a deep work mode, your employees must first be able to access an environment that allows them to focus for long periods of time. But in this age of the open office, this isn’t always possible.
The average employee spends 28% of their time dealing with unnecessary interruptions followed by recovery time to get back on track. To reduce interruptions, we suggest you outfit your work space with smaller work cubicles that can double as study rooms or semi- private offices. Another design update might be to consider installing sound-absorbing acoustic furniture such as wall panels, room dividers that add another layer of privacy and focus.
Being a “team player” is necessary to build a successful company. In fact, studies have shown that 97% of employees and executives believe lack of alignment within organizations among fellow employees impacts the outcome of a task or project. And when employees are out of alignment, annual revenues can suffer the consequences as well.
Creating a work environment that fosters authentic collaboration as an employer, you can solidify the company culture and even reduce staff turnover. The trick is not to force collaboration by creating large conference rooms and demanding large group meetings. Instead, look at leveraging your modular office furniture design and consider adding to your design end tables to allow for impromptu meetings. Design areas for smaller private conference rooms that save space by integrating data and tech in the tables or desks. If you have segmented departments, consider providing them their own intimate spaces such as acoustic seating areas that can accommodate groups of three to five people.
We now live in the age known as the knowledge economy, and as a result, the ability to recruit and train employees with proprietary knowledge systems or company workflows is essential. Companies are finding there is more of need for space in their office design for employees to learn and develop their professional skills either on the clock or even after hours.
Consider adding in versatile spaces within your office for both formal and informal training. Formal training requires just that: a training room. If you need to multi-task the conference room, given space limitations, for executive meetings, you can maximize your office footprint by implementing innovative wall storage for folding chairs, modular tables, and wireless or mounted tech to save space.
Informal training areas, where employees can take part in self-study, can be off to the side of the staff lounge and you can implement comfortable seating with headphones, integrated tech tables, adjustable height desks or even treadmill desks, which promote circulation and keep the brain energized.
One issue that can be a distraction from innovation in the workplace is burnout. Burnout is caused by a lack of break in routine, a toxic or misaligned company culture, and/or creative stagnation. To keep your office environment fresh, encourage your employees to take regular breaks, converse, and meet fellow employees outside of their departments.
We suggest to improve the social climate in your office, that you consider implementing an employee lounge that caters to different sized groups. Consider using a mix of café tables, chairs and occasional tables with couches and chairs.
And lastly, don’t forget about your reception area. It’s not just for guests. Most of the time, your reception area is where everyone enters the office. This area sets the tone for their work day. Make sure your employees feel welcome in the reception area before they make their way to their workstations.
When you create a modern office design that meets these four work modes, you could see productivity rates go up as well as overall well-being among your company’s workforce. At PVI Office Furniture, we can help you design an office that can bridge the gap with innovative office furniture design and allow you to create an office environment that will give your employees that productivity boost they need to raise your bottom-line. With our new and used office furniture selections in our Frederick, MD showroom, we have office furniture for every budget. Visit us today or contact our Office Furniture Consultants who can give you a free space design quote.
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