Office Design and Its Effect on the Face of Your Business
Having trouble attracting new talent to your business? Looking for ways to improve how candidates, employees, and guests perceive your company? Whether you're starting a new business or want to improve an already established company, the physical appearance of your office may have a greater effect on the face of your business than you realize.
Traditional Branding Is a Thing of the Past
If you spend a ton of time and money updating your branded materials, you may want to consider allocating those dollars elsewhere. A study from IPSOS revealed that only 37% of millennials say a company logo impacts their view of a brand, while 72% of office employees ages 55 and older feel the same. In comparison, 82% of millennials say that a company's website somewhat or strongly influences their opinion versus 53% of employees ages 55 and older. If it's you’re after fresh new talent, your logo and branding may not matter as much as it does to baby boomers.
Attractive Interior Design Matters
If logos and other branded materials are losing importance, what can you do to attract those much-needed millennials? The answer is beautiful interior design that reflects your company culture and the image you want your business to exude. The same IPSOS study showed that 76% of millennials ages 18–34 feel that office design and aesthetics somewhat influence or very strongly influence their impression of a company. Women between the ages of 18 and 34 and adults living on the west coast of the United States appear most likely to be positively influenced by good commercial interior design. The research clearly shows that the younger the individual is, the more likely they are to judge your business based on the physical appearance of your office.
Office Employees of All Ages Wish for Change
Attracting millennials to your business is hugely important. After all, they're the face of the future in American business. But with a large portion of the workforce still comprised of Generation X and baby boomers, can you do anything to appeal to everyone? Although older generations don't find good office design "important," interior design implemented correctly will positively impact candidates, employees, and visitors of all ages.
While Gen X employees don't place as much importance on interior design as millennials, design influences their opinion of a business more than it does baby boomers, indicating a gradual trend wherein the younger the employee, the more the physical appearance of your office will come into play when it comes to their overall impression of your business. In fact, 70% of study respondents who work in an office state that they wish their current workplace would consider a design upgrade, suggesting that although a beautiful office may not make or break their decision to work for a certain company, a well-designed space would be appreciated by most.
Whether your business is targeting new millennial employees or you want to give your guests a positive impression of the business, good commercial interior design is a step in the right direction. Consider an office makeover, and check out these 10 office design trends to you started.
5 Rules for Cubicle Etiquette
It’s the golden rule of life—treat others as you want to be treated. Well, the same goes for your behavior in the office. Whether you work in a cubicle or in an open workspace, follow these 5 basic etiquette rules to treat your coworkers with the respect they expect in a business setting.
1. Avoid Using Products or Eating Foods With Strong Scents
Whether it’s a good smell or a bad smell, strong odors can negatively affect the people around you. Although you may think leftover tuna smells fine, your coworker may feel sick at the slightest whiff of fish. And while that new cologne or lotion may smell like heaven to you, your neighbor may be susceptible to headaches from strong perfumes. Do them a favor and keep smelly foods confined to the breakroom and opt for lotions with little to no scent.
2. Do Not Pop Over Your Cubicle Wall Unannounced
Do you want to scare the living daylights out of your coworker? Because that’s how you scare the living daylights out of your coworker. Waltzing right up to someone who is focused on their work can startle them, and it can totally derail their train of thought. Rather than barging in without warning, take an extra 2 seconds to knock on your coworker’s cubicle wall or a nearby filing cabinet to alert them to your presence. Not only will this prevent you from frightening them, but it will also allow them to turn you down if they’re too busy to talk at that time.
3. Keep Your Workspace Tidy
It’s easy to let paperwork pile up when we’re hard at work, but your messy desk may negatively affect nearby coworkers—especially if you’re in an open concept workspace. Try to keep your desk as tidy as you would if you were expecting visitors into your home at any moment. Coats, sweaters, and purses should be placed in a wardrobe cabinet, while paperwork and files should be neatly tucked away in a filing drawer.
4. Watch the Volume on Your Headphones
Whether you’re listening to podcasts or music, make sure you use headphones and that the volume isn’t so loud all of your neighbors can hear your Justin Bieber obsession. The people around you are trying to concentrate on their work, and that’s tough to do with the constant distraction of top 40 hits.
5. Speak Clearly but Softly
It’s more than OK to collaborate with your neighbors, but take a quick look at the coworkers around you before launching yourself into a deep, loud conversation. If someone nearby is on the phone or is clearly trying to focus on their work, turn your voice down to a whisper or take your conversation elsewhere.
How to Divide Office Space on a Budget
An open concept workspace provides many benefits, from increased employee collaboration to maximized office space. However, a major drawback to the layout is the increased level of audible and visual distraction. Unfortunately, adding cubicles and sound-adsorbing wall tiles to the office can come with a hefty price tag. So how do you divide up an office to create more privacy and less distraction while also staying mindful of your business's budget? Here are some tips to help define your own space.
Modular Office Partitions
One of the most affordable ways to create privacy in your open concept office, waiting area, or breakroom is to add modular office partitions to the space. When we say modular office partitions, we're referring to stand-alone room dividers that can connect to other room dividers to create a temporary wall as small or as large as you need.
Our At Work room dividers, for example, can be configured in many different positions to create a single freestanding visual barrier or to split up an entire room. Fabric privacy curtains take that concept a step further by offering sound dampening capabilities and the ability to be positioned at any angle you need, not just 180- and 90-degree configurations.
Mobile Room Dividers
Although we design our stationary partitions to be as easy to move as possible, incorporating mobile dividers into your workspace makes switching up the layout of the office even easier. Mobile partitions roll on casters that can be designated for either hard or soft flooring to meet your needs. Most mobile partitions have lockable casters so the boards won't move around when they're positioned where you want them. If you're looking for an additional writing surface, you may consider selecting mobile partitions with a dry erase board surface, also known as mobile whiteboards.
Desktop Privacy Panels
If you're looking for something really affordable, you can add small privacy screens to open concept workstations to provide a little privacy between coworkers. Double-check the product description of the item you're looking at. Some desktop privacy panels are universal, but others are designed for a specific collection. You'll also find sliding cubicle doors that can be added to cube openings for additional privacy.
Check out our complete guide to room dividers and partitions for more inspiration.