A workplace that inspires….

In the 1920’s Frederick Taylor was known for being the greatest management guru of his time. He had a passion for understanding office culture and how to maximise efficiency through intelligent design.   Then in the 1950’s offices evolved a little further with the invention of air conditioning and fluorescent lighting, meaning you could work anytime and anywhere! By the 1960’s furniture company Herman Miller introduced the cubicle to create a space where workers had more flexibility and space. So far so good right?

Sadly the recession hit during the 80’s and 90’s. Companies began to lay people off, assign a bigger workload to just one person, they cut back on office comfort and began cramming! The Herman Miller cubicle had backfired….  Eventually businesses began to see the toll it was having on their staff!

Welcome to the future…

The 2000’s took a turn for the better when Science became more interested in Ergonomics. They began to see the correlation between an unhappy employer and the cost it had on not only their health, but the company’s bank balance.

Naturally business owners began to pay attention.

- Research shows an unhappy employee takes off more sick days - estimated to be 15 a year;
- Replacing staff costs lots of time and money;
- A happier employer views their role as an experience rather than just a paycheck.

 A collaborative and comfortable space leads to staff who are:

- Happier
- Satisfied in their job
- Have less sick days;
- Reduced risk of mental and physical stress related injuries.

10 Top Tips for Intelligent Design

Of course achieving the right environment for everyone is not an easy task and it does require time.  Intelligent design is more of a process than an overnight solution but follow these 10 tips and you’re on your way:

1. Rid of private offices
2. Opt for areas designed for specific tasks
3. Don’t go entirely open plan
4. Set up collaborative spaces
5. Always choose natural lighting over poor or fake lighting
6. Keep tasks that require focus away from those which cause noise to prevent ‘cognitive overload.’
7. Encourage staff to take breaks often
8. Incorporate ergonomically design furniture such as sit stand desks and monitor arms.
9. Opt for furniture with wheels such as whiteboards, chairs and desk to encourage networking and sharing of ideas.
10. Give something back to facilitate fun, innovation and satisfaction.