Jan 23 2020

Can the Design of an Office Affect Company Culture?

You can give employees a good salary, generous benefits, meaningful and fulfilling work and more. However, without the right company culture, chances are they will still be unsatisfied with their job. After all, imagine having your dream position in a reputable company but being forced to work in an environment that is dull, uncomfortable and unpleasant. How would you feel? Tired? Unmotivated? Unproductive?

Company culture encompasses everything from work environment to a business’ values, ethics and goals. Hence unsurprisingly, office design plays a major role in creating and/or changing the culture in an organisation. Office interior design, layout and configuration all have the potential to affect productivity, happiness and morale around the workplace.

Why is office design important?

Office design and layout can make or break a company’s culture. The field of environmental psychology—which focuses on how our surroundings affect us— has continuously shown that work environments can affect employees’ mood, efficiency and engagement with their everyday tasks. Of course, different office design features evoke different responses. While a bright, colourful, artwork-filled room can encourage creativity and problem solving, an open layout can promote collaboration between employees. If you want to form a fun and tight-knit office culture, why not have recreational activities such as ping-pong or pool tables in the break room?

Small changes can have big effects on employees’ behaviour and their perception of the company. In this way, office design can say a lot about a business, who they are and what working for them is like.

How to implement office design to suit your company?

Office design must not only reflect your company’s image but also be functional and adapt to the type of work being carried out by employees. There are three main office cultures in today’s workplaces: control culture, collaborative culture and creative culture. Knowing which category the business fit into can help you make important decisions about layout, configuration and office design.

Control culture: these types of companies are all about maximising efficiency and consistency through standardised procedures. For work that is naturally repetitive and individualistic, separated spaces such as cubicles can reflect the strong sense of structure in the firm. They can encourage a fixed and formal culture perfect for employees who need quiet spaces to talk with clients or work on individual projects.

Collaborative culture: architecture, technological start-ups and non-profit organisations are just some examples of businesses with collaborative cultures. In these types of offices, employees often work together and require clear communication. As a result, open layouts with meeting areas and lots of flexible space are smart office design ideas.

Creative culture: creatives require a flexible, bright and organic workspace to encourage creativity and inspire ideas. For these kinds of companies, group and open spaces work best. Workers should also feel comfortable and respected enough to share their ideas with their superiors— for this reason, giving the manager a large, closed-off office away from the rest would be unwise.

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Workspace design and productivity are crucially linked, so it is important to get your office design right. At Pace Group, we are experts at changing company culture for the better, creating the perfect environment for you and your team.

For all your space, configuration and layout assistance needs, don’t hesitate to contact Pace Group! Find out more about our services here or get in touch with one of our team members today.