What does your workspace say about your business?

By: Rory Hope

Date: 12 September 2016

What does your workspace say about your business?Office design is hugely important when it comes to the productivity of your employees and showcasing your brand.

Creating a successful working environment is vital when you are setting up your business to ensure your employees build a positive relationship with their working environment.

Here are my top design tips to help you make the most out of your start-up workspace:

1. Think about your brand

When you are designing your start-up office, it's vital to consider what you the space says about your business. Your office is a key aspect of your brand's visual identity and is a key way of promoting your brand to your audiences. First impressions are hugely important; careful thought and planning should go into choosing the right colours, lighting and furniture to create a workspace that showcases what your brand is all about.

The design of your start-up office needs to be attractive to potential clients and investors in order to make maximum interest and present the company as an exciting prospect they are going to want to be involved in. Don't overcomplicate the design; keep it light, bright and select a few key elements to provide a point of interest and bring personality.

2. Maximise the space you have

In any start-up, flexibility is key. This also applies to your office space. As your new business expands, your working space needs to grow with you and adapt – after all moving offices can be costly and disruptive. Start-up businesses are usually limited by their budget but it's not how big the space is but what you do with it that really makes a difference.

A key thing to consider is how the space is managed to work for your business as untidiness or a cluttered appearance can have a negative effect on your employees and the way they relate to their surroundings. By investing in clever storage designs and space-saving solutions, you can create a vibrant working environment that reflects the nature of your business.

3. Ensure your office space gets the best out of your employees

It's no secret that happier employees are likely to be more productive than those that are dissatisfied at work. Creating an enjoyable working environment is instrumental in ensuring that your employees are working at their best. Although this can be difficult to achieve on a start-up budget, there are a number of inexpensive ways to do this.

Music is a great way to create a stress-busting ambience and boost team morale. Arguably, working to get a start-up off the ground is one of the most gruelling stages so creating a happy environment for your employees could get results.

Comfort is not something that should be compromised in ensuring your employees work at their best. By investing in some ergonomic desk chairs your employees are less likely to suffer from lower back pain or repetitive strain injuries. Adjusting the height of the desk chair can also prevent pain or discomfort in the back or neck. Simply adjust the desk chair so that the top of the seat is positioned in line with the bottom of your knee-caps.

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