Published on: 13th July 2018
For many of us, a large portion of our day is spent at work; in fact, the average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime, so it’s no surprise our work environment can have a huge impact on our quality of life.
Staff costs typically account for 90% of business operating costs, therefore an increase in employee health and productivity can have huge impact on the success of a business. A high-quality office can help motivate staff, improve productivity and communication, whereas a poorly designed office can have a negative effect, reducing productivity and even leading to Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). When designing any new office space, it is important to engage with the staff that will be working there through group discussions, interviews, or surveys, this will ensure that both the occupant and business needs are satisfied.
As well as staff engagement, there are several building design features that are known to have an effect on the health, wellbeing and productivity within the workplace. Some of these features include, air quality, thermal comfort, lighting, noise, layout and views.
Read what architectural assistant, Lucy Gallagher feels are the main positive and negative impacts of key design features by clicking the links below.