There are many factors that combine to give your business its productivity and performance. There are many factors that hinder performance, just as there are many that enhance it.
Image result for modern workspaceMuch has been written and researched on the effect of the work environment on employees and productivity, and how some physical office arrangements can promote better working and collaboration, as other workspace arrangements can stop it dead in its tracks.
Businesses choose to locate or relocate themselves for various reasons, such as business growth means bigger premises, or due to a change in the nature of your business, you need to downsize. It may also be you have decided to buy or property or choose to relocate because your lease is expiring.
Or it could be that you are choosing to move premises because you want to improve the performance of your business and its people. You are choosing to invest in a new way of working, which means new premises that foster better relationships and collaboration, a space that is healthier and safer, modern and cheaper to run.
This describes in a nutshell the new buildings being created by a ‘new’ construction method. Pre-fabricated buildings have been part of our history for a long time but, in the past, they have been used as an interim measure when there was a need for a fast response to a problem. The example that instantly springs to mind are prefabricated homes built to accommodate families bombed during the second world war.
Thrown together, they were not built to last and this poor reputation stuck with the phrase ‘pre-fabricated building’. But modular building, with its roots in the pre-fabricated age, is dashing all those negative connotations, with quality builds, environmentally friendly and sustainable.
From medical modular construction to factories and other units, modular building can bring about a whole new level of business performance.
But why and how?
Moving premises is usually the end result of a process in which you have looked at the bigger picture, one of which is how your staff perform and what blocks there are, physical and otherwise, that stop productivity from progressing further.
#1 Brighter, lighter and modern workspace
Old buildings have a certain appeal about them but there are issues: they were built at a time when it was thought people needed individual workspace in order to get on with what they needed to do. This means walls and doors.
Even with an open-door policy, people are isolated from each other. To propel your business forwards and upwards, people need to collaborate. They need to talk, exchange ideas and views, not work in isolation.
With a modular constructed building, you can create the ‘open’ office or workspace across all floors. You can create spaces that effectively throw people together so that they do talk and work together. You don’t want people working in isolation because that means limiting productivity and performance.
Modular builds are energy efficient spaces so not only are running costs lower, but the space if more comfortable to work in, warm when it needs to be, cool in the heat of summer.
#2 Create the ideal working environment for collaboration
There are many theories of how a workspace should be ordered and constructed so that people interact.
- Less clutter – a bespoke interior should have bespoke storage solutions for your business so that your people work in a space that is clean and clutter-free.
- Inspiring spaces – the office doesn’t have to be full of desks. Why not have rest spaces or spaces where workers can be more relaxed? Or different kinds of desks for when different things are happening?
- Curate the senses – it looks ‘nicer’, it smells pleasant, the sounds in the space are more pleasant, everything feels modern: in other words, the space is not an assault on the sense, but welcoming and calm. And that means calmer people and better ideas and work flow.
#3 Attract the best people
It is a factor and although candidates may not tell you they are not taking the job because the work space is dark, oppressive and divided, it will be a factor if this is the case.
A modular build in a location that is right for your business that offers a workspace that is modern, light, safe and airy will have a positive impression on all job applicants. It signifies you are a forward-thinking company, looking for ambitious people with the right skills and abilities.
Is that what your current workspace says about your business?
MTX Contracts are the forward-thinking company within the modular build construction industry creating bespoke building solutions for clients across the country.