Do you know that your office plays a big role in shaping your company’s culture? Equipment and décor influence productivity and mood, and the floor plan can facilitate the flow of energy and ideas. Your company’s physical environment can also make or break your workforce. Employees cited their physical environment as one of the important factors that influence their decisions to accept or leave their jobs.
Here are some tips to improve your office space in the Philippines:
Consider company culture and personality
Focus on the culture that you want for your company. What values do you want to communicate to your staff? How do you want to come across to the public and to your customers?
If you need inspiration, check out what other companies are doing. Visit the about us or career pages of organizations similar to yours and look into the environment and amenities that they offer.
As a business, it can be tempting to neglect your office space and devote all your resources to salaries, product development or advertising. But research and experience will tell you that neglecting your office environment can cause more harm than good, so allocate enough resources for it. You can compromise on certain aspects, but never give up the culture and environment that you wish to establish.
Once you’ve decided on your budget, you should have a good idea what areas are within your range. The next step is to make a list of cities and neighborhoods wherein you can set up shop. Don’t just list any area that your money can afford; but be sure to factor in the culture and environment that you want to build.
“I need space”
When talking about office space, the question on whether or not to go with an open floor plan is bound to come up. While some studies suggest that open offices curb motivation and increase employee dissatisfaction, many companies maintain that the openness encourages teamwork.
Also, having an open floor plan means that no team member ever feels left behind. Everyone is on the same page at all times, thus reducing miscommunications or misunderstandings.
Of course, this may not be the same for other companies. When deciding on the floor plan for your office, here are some questions that you need to ask yourself:
- Will your business require constant collaboration or will people be placed in different departments?
- Are you dealing with a lot of sensitive information and private documents?
For more insights, talk to people involved in companies similar to yours and study their office environments.
While office setup and décor can go a long way in shaping your company’s culture and atmosphere, they can only go to a certain extent. You may always optimize your equipment and furniture for productivity and inspiration, but the actions and values that you demonstrate are still the most crucial factors that will influence your company’s environment.
So, always remember to walk into your office each day with the right mindset and attitude and the rest of the company will follow your lead.