Intensive changes in the labour market force employers not only to make forms of employment more flexible, but also lead to numerous changes in the organisation of work, including office design. Generation Y, which is beginning to be the most numerous group of employees in many companies, is not used to spending the whole day at the desk. So how to arrange office space in order to increase the efficiency of employees?
In recent years, office interior design has become not so much a design challenge as an analytical one. More and more often, the implementation of a new concept of work space is preceded by in-depth research into the specificity of the company’s operations, its structure and the needs of specific teams in the company. The division of space according to the following scheme is abandoned: open space, conference rooms and social parts. In return, parts are separated to perform a specific type of work – others to work at a high level of concentration, creative activities, meetings, teleconferences, or management meetings. Employers are beginning to perceive that the type of environment and conditions provided to employees directly translate into the efficiency and quality of achieving goals.
For the sake of efficiency
Research shows that the mind of the average person achieves the highest efficiency in 50 minutes of continuous work, then a break of several minutes is necessary. For a long time it has been said that it is not the time spent in the office that matters, and the key is the time devoted to the effective performance of specific tasks. This correlates with changes in the way employees are accounted for. More and more often project groups are created in companies, which are accounted for the progress and effects, rather than the hours spent in the workplace. Therefore, employers decide to leave a high degree of flexibility in the way time is managed by employees.
Creative work and the work carried out at a high level of concentration require rest. Therefore, in modern offices, a significant amount of space is occupied by so-called relaxation zones. Depending on the industry, they take different forms. Often these are warmly furnished lounges with table football, ping-pong tables or game consoles. Some companies even decide to install special cabins where you can have a quick nap. It is then that the human brain rests the fastest. The solution is particularly popular in Asia, but the trend is also beginning to appear in Europe and the United States.
Specificity of the company
It is estimated that in Warsaw as much as 10% of the total office space is occupied by IT companies. This share should grow in the following years. Technological companies are most often the leaders of changes in the field of interior design in their offices. Programmers, analysts, marketers – these are some of the most sought-after professions on the market today. Employers who want to employ the best specialists must not only ensure appropriate financial conditions, but also the right working atmosphere.