Does your workspace of the future have the wow factor?

At one point along my professional adventure, I ended up at an office that, despite being lovingly decorated by its owner, was a bit off the mark. It lacked colour and the furniture looked as though it had been there for decades. That sought-after wow factor wound up being more more of an ‘oh no’ moment.

What was even more disappointing was that the design not only fell short on a visual level, but it also had a negative impact on employees. The dreariness had a ripple effect on employee enthusiasm. And that resulted in some significant turnover.

This experience underscores the importance of a dazzling and inspiring work environment. For the sake of both team happiness and employee productivity.

A fresh perspective from a professional and the willingness to make a difference could hold the key to an inspiring workspace. A place where both work and employee well-being can thrive.

The three W’s

In today’s dynamic world, workspaces are no longer just seen as locations where work is performed. They have evolved into much more than that. These are spaces that combine three crucial aspects: workspace, well-being and the wow factor.

Tools to help you along the way.

My mission is to connect these three elements and create an ideal environment where workers feel empowered. After all, why settle for a boring office?

1. Workspace: More than just a desk

The workspace of the future goes beyond traditional office design. The keywords here are flexibility and multi-functionality. Create an office space that adapts to the needs of different employees. Research has shown that increases of about 20% in satisfaction and productivity are observed among employees who use flexible workspaces.

2. Well-being: Healthy and happy employees

A healthy workspace contributes to employee well-being. Incorporate natural elements such as plants and natural light. This not only promotes good health, but also creates a refreshing atmosphere. In fact, 56% of employees experience lower stress levels when plants and natural light are incorporated.

It is also important to create spaces for rest and relaxation, such as quiet rooms, lounges or even game rooms.

3. Wow factor and attracting talent

An impressive workspace not only has a positive effect on current employees but also helps attract new talent. Statistics show that companies with high-profile offices receive 30% more applications than their less high-profile counterparts. So this can definitely be used as a USP for your business. Make sure that this is reflected prominently on the website. A cool office works like a talent magnet.

Magic triad

The three W’s (workspace, well-being and wow factor) are essential ingredients for a good office. It is therefore important to consider all three as a starting point. When used together, they reinforce each other and that’s when the magic happens!

Figures on Happiness at Work

Research shows that a good working environment can increase employee happiness by as much as 30%. That’s a massive increase! Happy employees are more engaged, more enthusiastic and more motivated to perform. A nice workspace provides an extra dose of energy to meet the challenges of the work day.

That not only means more smiles 😉, but also increased motivation, engagement and satisfaction in the workplace. The interior design of the workspace plays a crucial role here. Colours, lighting and furniture all contribute to creating a positive atmosphere.

The Impact of Work Happiness on Productivity

But there’s even more good news. A carefully thought-out interior design can increase productivity by as much as 20%. In other words, getting more done in the same amount of time. And with less stress.

For instance, consider a spacious set-up with ergonomic furniture that encourages comfortable work habits for employees. The right colour scheme can also give concentration and creativity levels a boost.

It’s important to point out that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to designing office spaces. A personalised approach is required. Are you also unwilling to settle for a boring office? After a quick scan of your office, I can help you bring it to life.

Lieke Nooijen, interior design agencyNooijtgedacht

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