It’s true - being happy at work really does increase productivity. Employers who encourage and support their staff will benefit not only in terms of productivity but also in terms of loyalty, staff retention and fewer sick days. Your office interior is a hugely important element in helping to create a happy workplace, and we know that it is possible to massively improve productivity with a fun environment.
While most of us were gazing wistfully at photos of Google’s office interiors around the globe, scientists at the University of Warwick were studying them! They concluded that businesses really can improve productivity by creating a fun and supportive environment. One of the study’s authors, Professor Andrew Oswald, said: “Companies like Google have invested more in employee support and employee satisfaction has risen as a result. For Google, it rose by 37%, they know what they are talking about.” Even for companies that don’t have the resources that Google does, happiness in the workplace still works, and from their own studies, the researchers concluded that it makes people around 12% more productive.
Conversely, how much does a stressful environment cost your company?
It would be a mistake to think that creating a working environment people enjoy being in is a waste of money. A stressful working environment will take a toll on both your employees and your company, and studies have shown that rates of absenteeism among disengaged employees are around 37% higher, and that disengaged staff will make 60% more errors and have 49% more accidents. Low employee engagement also results in 18% lower productivity, leading to 16% lower profitability and a 65% lower share price. A stressful working environment also leads to a high turnover of staff, which has associated recruitment and training costs.
Although salary is important, what people want even more from a job is somewhere they are happy to work, and wellbeing in the workplace, including fun, is a huge motivator.
How do you create a fun office interior?
There are plenty of ways of making your office environment more fun, even if you don’t have the resources of the big tech giants.
Colour - Using bright and cheerful colours throughout your office can really lift the mood and create a playful atmosphere. For example, when we refurbished seven floors of Enfield Civic Centre, providing flexible workspaces that give staff the choice of how and where they work. Strong colours were used on walls and partitions, and we incorporated furniture in a variety of tones, textures and designs. Our client reported improvements in teamwork and communication, as well as increased user satisfaction.
Design - The design of your office interior is hugely important both in terms of psychology and ergonomics. The design needs to take your company’s activities into account as well as your brand values, and can also incorporate fun elements such as games, especially in break areas or areas where you want to encourage creativity.
Pods - Pods are a fun and space-efficient way to provide staff with more privacy so they can get on with their work or hold small meetings. They appeal to people because they offer the work equivalent of a den, sparking a sense of adventure as well as a productive working environment.
Take a look at our gallery of projects that we’ve installed to get some ideas for your own fresh and fun office interior.