Creating a productive office space that highlights innovation is essential to increasing the happiness of your employees and reducing your bottom line. Designing an office in today’s market that increases productivity takes much more than just picking out ergonomic furniture. A successful business must also consider that they are creating a workplace, not just an office, for their valuable employees. No decision on an office space should be made without first considering your staff’s needs. This human approach to planning will help you recruit and retain talent, and can positively impact your profits.
Develop Your Company’s Workplace Strategy
A workplace strategy must be developed before you set out to find your next location. Workplace strategy is defined as “the dynamic alignment of an organization’s work patterns with the work environment to enable peak performance and reduced cost,” according to the General Services Administration (GSA). With the rise of mobile workforces, flexible workplace strategies are required to accommodate employees. Today’s employees expect offices that include high-tech features with a collaborative spirit. Businesses are embracing a project-based style of work, which demands employee interaction and communication to be successful. Today’s employees that work inside office buildings seek spaces with an abundance of natural light, as it can be conducive to productivity and creativity in their work. This is just one example of how a well-crafted workplace strategy will lead to a much more productive office space.
Innovative Workplace Benefits
The benefits of an innovative workplace will very much outway any costs to expand to a new location. Companies that embrace innovation in their office plan find that they can leverage human capital investments, enhance their portfolio value and support their company’s mission objectives. When you incorporate new innovations, like improved lighting and HVAC systems, into your office space plan you leverage your operating costs. You may experience a significant drop in absenteeism, for example, by upgrading the office space, which means more time that your employees spend producing for the business.
Design with Your Ideal Employee in Mind
With the job market stronger than it has been in many years, companies are now competeing once again for the best and brightest talent. The look and feel of your office space can absolutely impact a candidate’s decision. Offices have to be more than just cubicle walls and breakrooms to encourage productivity and increase retention. According to a recent article from inc.com, “what it all comes down to is that a workplace is a part of the human experience, and a nicer office can help you have happier, more productive workers”. If your space offers amenities and services that will help your employees work smarter and live better you are more likely to experience a lower turnover rate. If you are about to start the planning process for a new or renovated office space, your first mission should be to get feedback on what your team does and doesn’t like about their current space. Don’t be afraid of the suggestions that you receive – they will ultimately lead to helping you cultivate more ideal employees. If you are willing to consider what your staff needs to succeed, you may also be able to save on future upgrade costs.
Location, Location, Location
Not every office space will be the suitable to your new, more innovative strategies. Choosing a building that understands how to support a productive environment. The Bradley Business Center offers single story flex and corporate office space that will encourage and enhance your productivity efforts. We just completed installing windows that stretch from 18″ off the ground to the ceiling, throughout all of our office spaces. Our spaces are full of the natural light your staff will be seeking. We aim help you increase productivity with these kinds of building improvements.
The Bradley Business Center can also help you meet your company’s financial goals, as a cost-effective, innovative office space solution. We offer superior amenities, modern technologies and features that are important for maintaining a positive company culture – all located on the north side of Chicago. Commuting to and from the Bradley Center is easy, as we are close to public transportation and the Kennedy expressway. Contact our leasing agent today and take the first step towards a better, more productive office space at the Bradley Business Center.