Business owners are increasingly realising that office design really does matter – not just for the company, but for workforce too. Thames Contracts are high-end office designers providing services in and around north London. Here we identify five tangible benefits that a well-planned office can bring.
It Helps Employee Wellbeing
Employees spend, on average, up to 40 hours per week in their workplace, so it’s in your interest as an employer to make it as welcoming as possible. Sensible positioning of breakout areas, so staff have somewhere to socialise and relax, is as important as making sure that all the workstations and desks have access to a full range of services and utilities.
Well-designed office space takes account of people’s physical as well as mental health. This can take several forms, from creating a ‘green wall’, with plenty of plants to help improve the air quality, to making sure that staff are exposed to plenty of natural light.
If you have healthy staff, an added benefit is that you lose less time and money through sick days. A healthy workforce is also a happy one, which helps with productivity, aiding your company’s bottom line.
It Aids Profitability
Using space to the maximum can also save money in other ways. Cleverly-designed offices make use of every available square foot of space. For example, vertical wall shelving and spotlights in the ceiling free up valuable floor space.
New start-ups which consider space-saving design from the outset may be able to utilise a smaller workplace, which is particularly important in the London area where prices are comparatively high.
It Can Cater for Everyone
The modern-day office needs to accommodate many different styles of working. On an individual level, some members of staff may be suited to working in an open-plan office, while others need more privacy because of the nature of their work. Your business may also have to host group conferences and private interviews, as well as giving staff somewhere to rest and relax.
Thames Contracts specialises in supplying and installing glass partitioning, which can help to cater for these different styles of working. These are available in a variety of finishes and styles, including with toughened or switchable glass, and can also incorporate company branding. They are a highly efficient way of allowing the same office space to be used for different purposes. We supply glass office partitions to businesses in St Albans, Stevenage and many other locations in and around London.
It Helps with Regulatory Compliance
Well-designed office refurbishments and fitouts also take account of both current and future safety regulations. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 lays down minimum requirements such as the number of fire exits, while Building Regulations cover areas such as electrical work and the demolition or removal of internal walls. Disabled access legislation means you must have enough entrances and exits – and enough room for wheelchair users to move between desks.
Good office design will take account of all these factors – which is important, as companies can face substantial fines if they are found to have breached any of these regulations.
It Creates a Good Impression
It’s not just your own staff who will be impressed by well-designed workspace, but the outside world as well. Potential customers are more likely to want to do business with you if you have a welcoming reception area. High-calibre interviewees are also more likely to want to join your company if they have a good initial impression of your workplace, suggesting that that your staff are happy to work for you.
Quality North London Office Design from Thames Contracts
At Thames Contracts are specialists in high-end office design projects in the north London area and Hertfordshire, including Watford, Welwyn Garden City, Hitchin, Barnet and Edgware. We can either fit out a completely new office or refurbish an existing one to provide you with premises which will meet your immediate needs and also any future plans you have.
We manage the whole project from start to finish, giving you a single point of contact and dealing with all the specialist tradespeople such as plumbers and electricians. Our excellent reputation for high-quality work means that previous customers often return to us, and they also recommend us to other businesses. If you would like to know more about our services, follow this link and fill in the online form or call us on 020 8368 0045.