Remote work may be dominating the headlines as the new, hot work trend, but there is something to be said for working in a designated office and being able to participate in office coffeepot chatter.
Employing remote teams and allowing your employees to work from home once or twice a week are two completely different things. When employees are allowed to work from home on occasion, the deviation from their normal routine is not always set up for success.
Remote workers may lack a dedicated workspace, high speed and reliable internet, or even childcare. So, while more people have the option to work from home, they are still heading into the office for their most productive work. Besides, humans are wired to be around people. Just think, for thousands of years we couldn’t do anything without the help of another person around.
Strength in Brick-and-Mortar
While more companies move their operations online, businesses with brick-and-mortar locations will continue to hold weight, not only with employees but with consumers as well. A lot of what we judge something on is based off of appearance. The cliché “fake it till you make” didn’t pop out of someone’s mouth without a baseline. And, if you have already made it, don’t you want the world to know that when they walk into your space?
Think of your office design as an extension of your company and its image. Your office furniture is directly connected to the workspace. How your office looks and what is in it will determine how your employees and clients interact with the space.
Employees get more than a desk at an office. They have a set space to be productive without bringing workweek stress into their homes. Employees get balance from their workspaces.
When updating your office design, keep in mind the needs and wants of your employees. At Inside the Lines, we keep in mind healthy work environments and the workstyles of our clients when doing a workplace consultation. Make your office a remote working space with an open concept design filled with comfy, yet firm, couches and a designated chic coffee space. When you listen to your employees, everyone wins.