How your office layout could boost your bottom line
Alex Rose, Spacer Product Manager, looks at how to improve space efficiency per headcount to give your business the competitive edge
As the digitally-enabled consumer drives wholescale changes in the way businesses occupy and manage their space, the pressure is on for companies themselves to revolutionise their office environments.
Businesses are always looking for ways to maximise efficiency, and the working environment has a big part to play in that. Just think how much our office layouts have changed over the past 50 years and you’ll get an idea of exactly how much designs have changed to match the business priorities of the day.
70’s workspaces boasted open-plan typing pools and clerks, with wooden panelled offices for senior management (think Mad Men). The 80s brought in more personal office space (remember *that* corner office in 80s classic Working Girl?); the 90s broke down those walls and put office workers in cubicles; and the 00s saw the advent of genuine open-plan working.
And today, offices are flexible like never before. Open spaces for collaboration and co-working, quiet pods for peace and privacy, and staff facilities far beyond tea and coffee making.
Modern businesses pride themselves on putting the needs of their staff at the heart of their occupational strategy. But as the digitally-enabled consumer drives wholescale changes in the way businesses occupy and manage their space, the pressure is on for companies themselves to revolutionise their office environments and stay competitive and efficient.
- The perfect office space can help you hire competitive talent: When companies can benchmark salary data and match rival benefits packages, the office becomes an important tool in the arsenal of weapons in the war for talent. An appealing environment, with the right facilities, increasingly drives employees’ decisions on where to work.
- Great work environments keep your employees healthy: Psychologically, attractive spaces ease the stress of work, putting us in the right frame of mind. Long vistas, light and bright spaces, colourful design and uncluttered layouts ease the mental load. Physically, the best offices actively contribute to wellbeing, through minutely calibrated heat and humidity, biophilic designs that pump oxygen into the atmosphere, and layouts that encourage movement.
- Carefully laid out offices can reduce operating costs: If you’re not heating a draughty, uninsulated space, you’ll save on heating costs. If your mechanical and plant technology recycles filtered airflow, you’ll save on air conditioning. And if you use the natural light available in your office, your electricity bills go down. In short: good design has a real impact on the bottom line.
- You can create conditions for the next big idea: Collaboration is the buzzword of the moment, but the concept of working together to achieve greater things is hardly new. Landmark buildings like the Sir Francis Crick Institute have been specifically designed to encourage chance interactions and the sharing of ideas, and the life sciences sector is already reaping the rewards of this.
If you’re convinced of the benefits of a better office environment, how do you go about planning and designing it? Spacer helps organisations prioritise their business goals and devise the space strategy they to realise these.
Spacer is a free, web-based technology solution, that combines generated workplace capabilities with the expertise of CBRE’s Workplace team to help organisations determine the workspace strategies they need to deploy to stay ahead.
The perfect example of how Virtual Reality is already available in the real estate world, CBRE’s space planning tool helps to strike the best possible balance between costs and revenue, by improving the efficiency of space per headcount, and reducing operational costs.
In identifying the right space profile based on working patterns, projected space use and headcount growth, firms have a clear advantage in optimising density to keep costs down, while boosting productivity to drive employee satisfaction.
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So, how does Spacer work in practice? Follow five simple steps:
- Understand your needs: Start by answering a simple 17-question quiz about your organisational goals and values. These answers will determine your office profile and requirements in in liner with your company’s specific goals.
- Visualise: From here, we will send you a ‘Space Programme’: a recommended list of space types and sizes for your unique needs.
- Customise your results: Use the intuitive, easy-to-use editing tool to design your ideal space. See your results update in real time.
- Save and share: Save your programme to aid your search for the perfect office on the market. You can refer to your programme later or send results to a colleague using the ‘Save/Share’ feature with a clickable link sent right to your email.
- Translate your vision into reality: CBRE will help you hunt down an office space that matches your programme.
Need a solution that is customised to your business? Do you need some help in understanding the recommendations? Or would you like to dive deeper into quantitative and qualitative metrics to determine a true workplace strategy custom to your company? Our Workplace experts have years of experience helping companies create transformational workplaces using tools like employee surveys and utilisation data. Let us help you customise your space recommendation by contacting CBRE Workplace.
Once Spacer has defined your workplace, CBRE’s leasing professionals are on hand to help you find the perfect space to house your company. CBRE’s leasing experts have a proven track record in finding office space in all UK and EMEA locations. To find out more, get in touch with Alex Rose, Spacer Product Manager – firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 7900 737 876