- According to a survey from McKinsey, occupants are focused on just a few things when it comes to their workplace needs: flexibility, inclusion, wellbeing and work-life balance.
- A 2017 report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shows that furniture waste made up 12.2 million tons, with over 80% ending up in landfills.
- Incorporating biophilic design doesn’t have to mean spending thousands on complex live plant walls.
It feels nearly impossible to compete with a Class A office equipped with state-of-the-art technology, on-site coffee shops and meditation rooms.
Having lavish amenities seems like the perfect way to entice workers back into the workspace after years of finding solace at home, but not all businesses have the capability to invest in big renovations.
But what if there were ways to spruce up office design without breaking the bank?
According to a survey from McKinsey, occupants are focused on just a few things when it comes to their workplace needs: flexibility, inclusion, wellbeing and work-life balance.
As long as office design can accommodate these needs, what’s wrong with doing so for less?
Here are a few key ways to refresh office design, while staying on track for positive growth.
Much has been said about the impact of biophilia, or the desire for connection between humans and plants.
While some offices take this concept to the extreme by purchasing live green walls that cost thousands of dollars, incorporating biophilic design doesn’t have to be so complicated.
Check out the local florist. Oftentimes, these spaces will have a wide variety of indoor plants that are perfect for an office. Not only does having greenery in the office look good, but both fake and real plants can improve a workers’ experience.
In fact, a study showed that offices with plants made workers 15% more productive than barren ones with little to no greenery. So not only is it good for employee wellness, but biophilia can actually improve a company’s operations.
Additionally, keep an eye out for any end-of-season sales that could further help mitigate expenses.
Thrifting has become increasingly popular thanks to its trendy stamp-of-approval from Gen Z, but these stores can also be a goldmine for office decor.
Explore thrift stores in the region, and you’re likely to run into unique pieces of art, knick knacks, fake plants, and more for just a fraction of what they would have been new.
Not only does thrifting help alleviate the hefty costs of designing an office, but it also takes a more environmentally friendly approach — a priority for younger professionals.
In recent years, companies that reupholster used furniture have become more common.
It’s no wonder, either. A 2017 report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shows that furniture waste made up 12.2 million tons, with over 80% ending up in landfills.
By taking old pieces and refurbishing them, new furniture can be customized for various needs to accommodate what workers may need at the moment.
Similar to thrifting, opting for recycled furniture also helps reduce a company’s carbon footprint, showing both consumers and employees where corporate values lie.
Plus, the customization of these pieces allows a company to incorporate design that is unique to their business without splurging at an expensive boutique.
The Bottom Line
Office design is a critical component of a healthy work environment, but companies don’t need to decide between bare cubicles and extravagant art.
By focusing on the purpose of office design, which is to create a healthy occupant experience, leaders can identify unique ways to incorporate state-of-the-art design without the burden of expenses.
Thinking outside the box will be required, but the return is priceless.