Creating an Office Environment Which Drives Productivity

Office fit out and refurbishment company Ultimate (Commercial Interiors) ltd  recently completed a project for Leeds-based agency We Are Boutique, a communications agency specialising in Media, Digital and PR with a client list including Ebuyer.com and Costcutter. Ultimate’s client list is just as impressive featuring companies such as Leeds Building Society, Mercure Hotels and GlaxoSmithKline. With a project duration of just four weeks, Ultimate were tasked by We Are Boutique to create an office space fit for their employees and clients with a unique cinema/boutique hotel themed design. The project included the installation of solid partitions, feature MF ceilings, glazed partitions with glass doors and manifestation, wall panelling, electrical reconfiguration, installation of feature lighting and interior and exterior signage.

The design of your office environment can impact the productivity of your employees. Here are a few examples of how the We Are Boutique office space has being designed with their employees in mind…

Lighting

Lighting is a really important consideration when planning a new office space. Lack of lighting can lead to tiredness, headache, eye strain and reduce the ability for the employee to focus. In order to ensure productivity doesn’t suffer from poorly lit office environments make it a key consideration in the design and planning stage. Natural sunlight has the ability to improve mood so when choosing office space it is worth looking for a space with as many windows as possible.

Lack of sunlight certainly isn’t an issue in We Are Boutique’s case. With several large windows sunlight is plentiful! This, alongside glazed partitions with glass doors helps the natural light flow through the office space.

With the brief of creating a unique cinema/boutique hotel themed design in mind, aside from natural lighting, Ultimate’s use of theatre style lamps on tripods in the break out area creates a feeling of warmth and a comfortable environment to work in whilst positively helping to achieve the intended design plan.

Layout

A carefully thought out layout is a key contributor to a productive working environment. With break out spaces ideal for informal team discussions alongside a more formal boardroom setting perfect for meeting clients in and an open plan office space. The variety of working areas allow We Are Boutique’s employees to meet in an area where they can feel comfortable in depending on the situation. A break out area is great for getting away from the desk and discussing ideas in a different setting – potentially inspiring new ideas.  The use of glazed partitions also contributes to the spacious layout feel.

Comfortable and Co-ordinating Furniture

It’s important to work in an environment which is comfortable for both employees and clients. Nobody wants to see mismatched furniture. Not only does it suggest an office environment which is under invested in (as a result of years of adding additional chairs and desks) but it is unwelcoming to your employees and clients.

An office environment which is colour coordinated and follows the same design theme provides a professional looking working environment for your employees to be proud of. It’s also important that it is comfy – no more brainstorming meetings on hard chairs! When it comes to We Are Boutique’s new office, Ultimate ensured that they have a comfortable and brief matching environment with comfy leather armchairs, coffee tables, bookcases, rugs and well cushioned boardroom chairs.

Ultimate’s expertise and experience in the field allows them to design working environments which reflect the company image and are built with employees in mind to drive productivity. Could your office space benefit from an Ultimate fit out and refurbishment?