Everyone who enters your business will immediately be able to feel the vibe within the office based on the reception desk, conference table, and basically, the overall office design. Debra Duneier, the President and founder of EcoChi, LLC says, “Visitors get a feel for your space the moment they enter […] They decide almost immediately if they want to stay or get out of there as quickly as they can.” ‘That is equally true of current and prospective employees as well as clients.’
Office Design Conveys Your Business Message
How others respond to your business is a direct result of the way you design your office. The office feel can definitely affect talent acquisition, employee retention, and the overall customer experience. The furniture you choose, especially in a modern office setting is not just about the aesthetic. The actual arrangement of your furniture is also important since it is reflective upon your business culture.
Duneier explains, “People get messages from everything they see, including their workplace […] What are the messages you’re sending to your employees and yourself?” Basically, the messages you send with your office design will affect your success, so its best to use your space to your benefit.
Show Your Employees You Value Them
Employees spend a vast amount of time at work, so it’s important for employees to see their work environment as one that makes them feel productive and important. As mentioned, previously, Gen Z is significantly affecting office design, so it’s important to increase employee engagement and satisfaction by making design choices that suit theirs and everyone else’s needs.
“Millennials, GenXers, and even some Baby Boomers care tremendously about the planet,” says Duneier. “Your office design can show through choice of furniture, fabrics, textures, shapes, and even artwork that you value sustainability,” she continues.