The Determining Factor – Strategic Workplace Design
The vision of your business is tangible in your design space. That’s why a human-centric approach to design is integral, with designers being a crucial component to help you understand your company value, while outlining the features that need to be inserted as your business grows.
The special report The Lure of Entrepreneurship, released by the NAB Economics Group, found that 1 in 3 Australians aspire to have their own business. This indicates that while individuals strive to implement a successful and booming business, aspects of design are an essential foundation to allow a business to flourish.
When future-proofing your business, you may consider how has your business grown? In what ways can you keep up with the competition? or do you need a workspace that will help attract and also retain the best talent?
While we are experts in intuitive and intelligent design, A1 Office thrives in helping businesses transform their workspace. By assisting you with inspiration through to execution, our design team carefully sets out to plan a strategic design which will help your business and people flourish.
Our team have come up with four considerations for a successful office long-term design renovation. This includes:
Investment in the importance of design –An investment in design is crucial to allow long-term growth of a business. Business owners should not think of it as an expense but more so an aligning of business goals and strategic planning. Start by assessing where you want your business to be in the next three years.
There are a range of questions you need to ask yourself, for example, is your business growing or shrinking with staff? Do you need hub spot collaboration areas to allow for employee collaboration? Or do you need to think about how your business can be adaptable for the future as a mobile workforce?
When it comes to designing and building your office space, business owners should also take into consideration design investments which focus on unseen design concepts, such as fire plans and fire ratings, sound proofing, surface requirements, and gas suppression systems. These unseen elements need to be considered in your design plans. It’s one thing to have an aesthetically pleasing office but it’s just as important to have an office which functions, performs, and ensures your most valuable assets as a business.
Don’t underestimate the importance of the physical space you work in – Instead, the workspace should be a vital design tool to help recruit talented employees, build a motivated team, retain staff, and make work processes efficient and effective. The Australia Government has released a business checklist that is useful when considering what factors you should take into account as your business grows. More so, while it is important to look out for design elements to support your business, it is equally important that as your business is growing you work out the best way to utilise existing space.
For example, when you walk amongst your office, what do you see? Do you see empty seats because you have salespeople out in the field? Knowing how to utilise the space will benefit all staff in the workplace.
Understand what the workspace will be used for – Before you start work on floorplans and specifications, ensure you completely understand your vision and fundamental need for the office and those within it. NAB’s Moments That Matter report indicates ‘small to medium businesses are the backbone of the Australian economy, creating around 7 million jobs, contributing to 57% of Australia’s GDP and cementing our reputation as a nation of entrepreneurs.’ This depicts the importance of small to medium business to the economy, and once again, illustrates the important role that strategic design can play in the everyday functioning of these businesses.
Each space is unique to each business and the first step in design is what A1 Office refers to as, ‘cultural shadowing.’ We get to observe and understand how your business (and people) operate before we even lift a pen to paper. We seek first to understand your workspace first, only then can then work in creating the design and architecture elements to suit your present and future needs.
A workspace which focuses on the present and the future generations – As business owners, it’s vital that you need to be open to the flexibility of improving your business as it grows. Society has changed greatly from previous generations and now, Millennials are looking for flexibility and utilising different ways of working. Their work ethic is slightly different from other generations and they are more drawn to innovative office spaces. Previous generations on the other hand may appreciate more areas for focus and reflection. If focused on these new ways of working, business owners will be able to set up their business to connect with younger generations or particular job roles within their company that require different environments. By being attentive to these differences, you can create a space that supports and works for everyone.
No matter where your company finds itself in the business life cycle, contact us and we can assist you with design strategies to ensure long-term business growth.