How to make the changes
We understand that this all sounds great but it may seem like an overwhelming task, as if you need a complete refurbishment. We also appreciate that many businesses can’t change their office buildings, the shell if you like in which businesses are based. But you can change the configuration of office space and what makes up the office furniture.
Here are some easy ways to make some changes:
• Natural light – make sure people can see outside easily, that there’s light coming in and if possible, maybe arrange a small meeting space here. People will be naturally attracted to that and it will encourage them to meet and collaborate. Make sure, however, that the natural sunlight (when we get any!) isn’t creating glare on people’s computer screens – this is definitely not ergonomic.
• Speak to your employees about how they are - no how they really are. Are they in pain at the end of the day? Suffering with a bit of a niggle? Headaches? The results of this may mean that you need to invest in some new office equipment, perhaps some new desks and chairs – this shouldn’t be seen as an annoying cost; this is you investing in your people and your business.
• Create a focus group of your employees with the aim of discovering what they want from their workplace – it might be that they want non-dairy milk supplied; it might be that they want a table tennis table for when they need to step away from the desk. By listening to their ideas you should be able to collaborate and compromise to find ways that suit everyone and your budget.
Of course, it goes without saying that we visit lots of offices across the Wirral and Merseyside and we see the good, the bad and the ugly. We can see what works for people and what doesn’t so why not invite us for a no obligation visit, and we can give you some ideas.