Traditionally as a business you might consider moving offices based purely on practical reasons such as needing more space, downsizing or moving to a more suitable geographical area. However, there has been a growing trend in moving premises in order to change the culture of the business rather than because of practical reasons.
So how can a change in location change the culture of a business? Does the layout and area in which an office or business is situated really change how employees feel and how they work?
Location, Location, Location
Industry leaders agree that the happier your employees are at work, the more productive they are. Ensuring that the team working for you are satisfied in their jobs will also increase staff retention and play a large part in creating your company culture.
The location of your office can have an impact on how happy your employees are. Office space close to amenities go down well with employees. Restaurants, bars and shops in close proximity to your office gives your employees the chance to get lunch and separate themselves for an hour so that they can come back refreshed and ready to work.
The amenities close to your offices can also help to contribute to the culture you aim to create. If you are finding that your employees don’t work too well as a team, then an office move to an area with restaurants and bars close by will encourage them to meet outside of work and build strong relationships.
On the flip-side, you may deicide a move further away from the hustle and bustle can help create a culture of calm and inspiration.
The Use of Space
There has been much discussion over recent years about how to utilise the space within your offices in order to get the best productivity from your employees. The layout of your space will contribute to the type of culture you create.
If your current office layout has led to employees feeling closed off or separated from senior team members you might want to look at a more open plan office. A change in layout can help create a culture of openness and equality. The physical layout and appearance of your office space is one of the first things that will make an impression on any employee or visitor to your offices. You should use this first impression as an opportunity to instill your company culture in anyone who walks through your doors.
If you’re thinking about making any changes to your business or office space, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’d love to chat!
Posted January 19, 2016