Some of us have a passion for moving furniture around a room until it perfect. Then moving it around again… and maybe again… and some like it very practical and functional but creating a unique space so you can work will see your business benefit. Here are some thoughts:
It’s always important to consider your core values in everything you do in your business. For example: if you are keen on staying green then you need to take this into account as you plan your space. Are you passionate about collaboraion, does your desk position reflect this? These and other things will absolutely dictate your space.
If it’s a green office you want, do you have seperate waste bins for recyclables and waste? Is your furniture made from recycled materials? Are there plants (and the space for them) to be put around the office?
And if you are trying to foster a collaborative space, then is there easily accessable Wi-Fi, workspaces where people can communicate easily and effectively? Do you need whiteboards for ideas/progress reports?
It’s Not Just an Office
If a client came in for the first time, what would they say about your office? Let your philosophy permeate throughout your whole business, is there anything that potential customers can remember you by from your office space? Of course you want your space to be functional so you, and your staff, can produce your best work and with this in mind how can you make a place that’s inspiring for you and your clients.
Start with the entrance: how can people feel welcomed when they enter your space? What kind of colours are you using and are you thinking about how these colours can be inviting as well as conductive to a focussed working environment? If there is a piece of furniture or art that will stand out to you then it’s probably going to stand out to your customers too: something that will encourage your reputation to grow as people are likely to talk about ‘that thing in their office.’
Creating a unique office space that adheres to and reflects the core values of the business easily encourages these in your staff. As fostering your values and culture in your staff will be a priority so you can share that with your customers, a unique office certainly helps with this.
Maybe even take a leaf from Google’s book and get inspiringly creative without being completely work focussed: and of course you need to meet those deadlines and have a strong work ethic but having an area where you are away from your desk to midly unwind and enjoy themselves in their breaktimes actually benefits the longterm work goal. Your employees will also appreciate the place to relax and be grateful: who doesn’t like thankful people?
If you have the chance to design, or re-design, your office try to keep these things in mind as your let your brand flow through not only your marketing and visuals but through your attitude and workspace so that you create a great and exciting place for your staff and customers.