Are you maximising future productivity in your office?

It's estimated that poor workplace design costs US businesses an estimated $330 billion in lost productivity each year. How can you future-proof your workplace?

The future is fluid

The one thing we do know for sure about today’s workspaces is that they will not look the same in the future. Organisations change direction. People move to new spaces and take on new roles. Teams form and re-form. The spaces they occupy need to adapt to meet these new needs.

Future-proof your workplace

The smart workspace will be able to accommodate these changes with the minimum of time, cost and disruption. To achieve this, workplace design must support flexibility. The resulting increase in productivity will have multiple benefits that are social, economic and environmental.

Social benefits:

  • Increased employee comfort and satisfaction
  • Decreased likelihood of ergonomic-related injuries

Economic benefits:

  • Decreased costs of relocations
  • Decreased construction costs

Environmental benefits:

  • Decreased construction activity and waste

Flexibility is essential

Workplace furniture needs to be designed with future flexibility in mind. In this way office furniture becomes an investment rather than an expense – an investment which is able to assist you to make money through increased productivity.

Here are some real life workplace examples:

Real life example 1

You need to form a short-term taskforce for an important project – your team will frequently need to collaborate away from the desk.

Settings need to be available to support a number of different working types – be it collaboration in large or small groups, or shorter term focus work in a comfortable and ergonomic setting. Just because you’re away from the desk, you don’t need to compromise on the safety and comfort of an ergonomically designed seat.

Real life example 2

Your organisation has just won a bid for a major deal and your virtual team has suddenly grown to deal with the increased workload.

Collaborative furniture needs to be light, modular, and easy to move and reassemble in a new format – be it larger or smaller – to enable collaboration.

Internal cabling capability within the furniture needs to allow all technology to come with the user, giving them the flexibility to set up just about anywhere.

Acoustic screens, soft furnishings and acoustic lighting can create a defined space which invites collaboration without the need for walls. The acoustic elements improve sound quality.

How to Future Proof

If your furniture solutions aren’t able to adapt to your organisation’s changing needs then they really are likely to be hampering productivity and preventing you from achieving maximum success. Specialists experienced in workspace strategy can help you to future proof your furniture investment and avoid unnecessary expenditure at a later date. The time invested now will reap benefits later on.

Contact our team to learn how workplace furniture solutions can increase productivity?