You have probably seen a number of articles on how different larger companies are trying to increase the productivity of their employers by paying quite a bit of money to interior designers in order to have their offices extravagantly furnished. While this does create an interesting working environment, and is great for photo laden articles, is there a point for a smaller business with a budget that is nowhere near the budget of these companies to try and emulate their tactics?
You probably know what we are talking about, Facebook has video game rooms for their employees, Verona based Epic has an interior resembling a subway car, Infosys went all in and provided a functional bowling alley for their employees, while the things that Google did with their various offices are so numerous that even the search engine itself probably has some trouble indexing all the articles written on the topic, but how does this relate to a small business, and is avant-garde really the first adjective that you think of when contemplating workplace productivity?
Well, there is really no easy and definitive answer to these questions, as every business is unique in a way, and has to come up with their own arrangement. There are a number of factors that should influence this decision.
Of course, budget is one of them. Regardless of the adaptations that you are thinking about introducing, there is really no clear way to calculate just how much more productive your employees will be, and if it will cover the costs of the improvements, or when. That’s why, if you are not operating on an astronomical budget, you should be careful with how much you are ready to spend.
Another thing you have to consider is the type of work that your employees are doing, and what kind of people they are. For instance, Google has rooms that are ideal for brainstorming and coming up with different inspired solutions. But not every profession requires this kind of approach to problem solving, and even though creativity is a more than welcome attribute regardless of what you are doing, not everyone is stimulated in the same way. What may appeal to younger employees and get their creative juices going, could be irritating or obsolete to their older colleagues. Replace younger with female and older with male, and then do that with every other set of possible subdivisions, and you cans see what the problem is, not only will your effort be wasted on some of your employees, it could actually be counterproductive.
This is not to say that you shouldn’t be concerned about how comfortable your employees are and if they have the proper work conditions. However, there are ways to spruce up your office without it being worthy of an interior design magazine cover. For instance, make sure that your employees have comfortable, ergonomic chairs, a nice brake room where they can socialize and develop their relationships, and feel free to occasionally surprise them with a delicate but nice looking change in the office arrangement.
Olivia Still is a blogger, home improvement enthusiast, and online marketing consultant for a number of Australian companies. Currently closely collaborating with Rockdale Office Furnishers.
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