There’s so much more to your business than four walls, a roof, and a bunch of the usual tech gadgets. Your business has its own personality or culture. If you’ve been focusing on your company culture, you will have aligned it to your business’ image and goals. And you’ll be expecting your employees to reflect that culture.
It’s a well-known fact that our behaviour is influenced by the interior spaces we happen to be in. Therefore, creating an office interior that matches your company’s culture is a logical next step. The type of office interior we create, and how we furnish it, also affects the way employees do their jobs.
Clearly, there’s a lot more to an office fitout than grabbing a few desks and chairs and putting them wherever. So, how does office furniture relate to company culture?
Collaboration Rules Your Company Culture and the Jobs People Do
Tech companies are perhaps best known for their collaborative office designs. Here, employers choose furnishings and layout so that employees find themselves in an environment where it would be almost impossible NOT to collaborate.
The offices are definitely open-plan. Workers can often choose where they want to work depending on the task they’re busy with.
That’s great when you need people to be constantly bouncing ideas off each other, asking for help or opinions, or brainstorming new ideas. But not all businesses, and not all jobs for that matter, will work well with this type of fitout.
Concentration is the Other Side of the Coin
If people are doing tasks that require a lot of systematic thinking, they need a space to themselves. When you were a student, you and your friends probably would sit together while working on projects. However, when you needed to knuckle down and get something done all by yourself. You probably chose a quiet spot with a desk of your own in a library or study room. Anything else would have distracted you.
In the same way, people who perform tasks that require concentration and individual thinking will perform better when they have their own desk or workstation. Individual workstations should have ample space between them for an open-plan office. Another option would be to provide individual offices where employees can focus intently on the task they’re busy with.
Image may not seem important when compared with productivity. However, it sends a clear message about your company’s culture to employees, business associates, and clients.
Do you want to appear modern or cutting-edge? Once again, that’s not a culture that will suit every business. You might prefer a more traditional, stable image for your business. If that is so, your office layout and office furniture will either reinforce that culture and image or detract from it.
Of course, looking the part is only the first step. However, it does create a space in which you can foster or develop a company culture that suits your business’ strategic goals.
Dare to Design
At Direct Office, we offer a wide range of office furniture designs. That means you’re likely to find everything you need to create an office that suits your company’s culture right here – without having to hire an interior designer. And if you need advice, or can’t seem to find what you’re looking for, you need only talk to a consultant. We’re available on live chat or, if you prefer, simply call us or email us. We at Direct Office offer a broad range of office furniture in Canberra, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney, Darwin and all part of Australia