UTILIZING OFFICE SPACE TO BOOST EMPLOYEE HEALTH AND WELLNESS

We often fail to take into account how office space impacts our general mental health, but it does matter more than we think. At first glance, the concept of available office space is rather utilitarian in nature, and isn’t necessarily thought of as a means to boost employee morale and well being. That’s a rather antiquated viewpoint, and one we at Sensyst have abandoned in favor of a more positive application. 

When we design new office workspaces for our clientele, we make sure to take office space into account before we deploy our team to make each project a reality. Doing so allows us to create the most efficient workspace that not only prioritizes productivity, but helps retain staff, while attracting dynamic new team members into the company roster. Here’s why it matters to us.

 

THE ANGEL IS IN THE DETAILS
When a workspace design factors space utilization into the overall formula, the results can be extraordinary. Today’s workers prioritize mental health and wellness more than ever, and they expect employers to follow suit. That means in order to get the best out of your dynamic and talented team, you’ll need to consider things like wellness and break rooms, ergonomic furniture, and adequate space, so as to ward off tension.

Privacy plays an important role when it comes to this, as well. Sound-proof booths provide employees with a place to escape, so they can focus on tasks, take video calls, or sit in with other team members to discuss projects. Naturally, these types of fixtures must take available office space into account, but where there’s a will, there’s usually a way. Space utilization involves a lot more than just available square footage. It also means knowing where to place furniture and fixtures with a sense of appropriate balance and scope. 

 

THE VALUE PROPOSITION
Think space utilization is just about catering to the demands of modern employee culture? Think again! There are real-world, tangible benefits to prioritizing it within the scope of your office design. Employees spend the second-most amount of time at the office as they do at home, which can be stressful if the workspace isn’t properly laid out and optimized. There’s also the mass adoption of the open office concept, which has grown significantly over the past decade. This type of office layout required some tweaking in order to offset its inherent weaknesses and flaws, including the lack of available privacy, and an increase in noise and other distractions.

A proper balance between open areas and private spots is an excellent example of proper space utilization, which in turn gives employees flexibility and choice when it comes to their day-to-day routine. Other concepts, such as hot-desking (multiple employees utilizing one desk or workstation at different times) can significantly free up space, creating an even greater sense of relaxation. This would be a prime example of space-saving alongside space utilization; a one-two punch that fosters a greater sense of team spirit and productivity. 

The value cannot be understated. A happier team unmoored from the trappings of claustrophobia, distractions and stress will perform better, take less sick days, and stick with the company longer than average. This has a direct impact on your company’s bottom line. Plus, it’s quickly becoming a widely-accepted standard the world over, which means the antiquated office designs of old must be thrown out in favor of this new concept.

 

THE UNSEEN HEROES
There’s more to space utilization than what we’ve touched on, however. In the background are many things that we take for granted, all of which are working in tandem with the overall design philosophy in order to create a dynamic and functional workspace. For instance, take into account things like air conditioning systems, water sources, the type of lighting, etc. These all play a vital role, though many go largely unnoticed in comparison to the actual office design aesthetic.

Air filtration systems and AC units create more breathable, cleaner air, while clamping down on employee discomfort. Strategically replaced water coolers, or break rooms with water filters installed on taps and faucets can make employees feel special, and cared for. Ditching fluorescent lighting in favor of longer-lasting, cheaper, and more natural LED lights can save on the pocketbook, while banishing stress, fatigue and headaches. That goes double if your office space can harness the power of natural outdoor light.

 

CONCLUSION
At Sensyst, we understand that “space utilization” involves a lot more than working with available square footage. We take everything into account, and each project is different, just as every company requires a different approach. However, we wouldn’t have the stellar reputation we enjoy today, were it not for our ability to incorporate multiple concepts into our office designs. 

That’s why we’re always ready to help you design the ultimate office space that will increase productivity, while working hard to retain your staff. Your workplace should be a place of enjoyment, as well as hard work. The two go hand-in-hand, and you can show how committed you are to this ideal by giving your employees a workplace that knows how to manage its own space in the most optimized manner possible. Contact us today, and let us do the same for yours!