In the business world, a high staff turnover can cost much time and money. Not having a settled team will prove detrimental to the business; how can you build an effective team, creating innovative work that will push the business to the next level, if it has to constantly attract new staff? Once someone is in place, they'll require training, then they'll need to get settled into their roles. If they leave after a few months, the cycle is repeated. How can this be avoided? Improving staff retention could be as simple as improving your office interiors in Oxford.

Needing to constantly replace staff will require you to pay recruitment fees and in the interim, income could be lost due to having a gap in the team. Aside from the cost, you could actually be missing out on a talented staff member who would go on to be an asset elsewhere. So you can see why improving your office interiors in Oxford should be paramount. In this blog, we're going to outline how to improve your office design, so that it works to attract and retain talented staff, rather than making them want to move on.

Improving Your Retention Rates By Improving Your Office Interiors In Oxford

The key to success in any business is to maintain a strong team that is aware of their roles and are happy within their environment. This is obviously something that the facilities at their disposal help with. Whilst a high staff turnover can be caused by a number of different issues that aren't related to office design, it's more-often-than-not, the working conditions and the frustrations experienced in their roles, that persuade a staff member to move on.

The three cornerstones of how you can improve your office interiors in Oxford by thinking more about its design include:

  1. Engagement – Staff members that don't feel part of the business, feel disengaged or even trapped in an office environment that doesn't offer inspiration or functionality, play highly in high turnover rates. As such, your office design should engage with the staff, working with them, rather than just being somewhere for them to work in. A workspace that offers staff functionality, giving them all the tools they need to go about their work in easy reach, won't just help them to achieve their tasks, but they'll also feel happy and valued knowing that they have everything they need at their disposal.

    What's more, an office environment that offers an increased level of comfort and inspiration (generally somewhere that people want to come to and enjoy spending their time in) will help to improve morale. Not just that, but such an environment will also create the right impression for any clients, interviewees or any other visitors to the office too.
  2. Concentration – A major frustration in many office spaces, is the lack of facilities for people to be able to go somewhere quiet to concentrate on their work. Whilst encouraging office chatter is fine, often the sound of people talking (whether it's through chatter or on the phone), typing and discussing work can be off-putting for others. As such, you need to balance that fine line; stop the office chatter that generally helps to improve morale and fosters genuine relationships between team members? Or invest in new facilities for people to break away from these areas in order to get their work done?

    This is precisely why many forward-thinking businesses introduce dedicated quiet areas and breakout rooms that give staff a great opportunity to move away from the hustle and bustle of the work arena. Whether it's to do their work, to have informal meetings or simply to take a break to reflect and recharge, introducing such areas will help with reducing any frustrations felt by staff. Instead, it will give them the opportunity to truly express themselves through their work AND still be able to build those relationships with their fellow team members, leading to higher morale.
  3. Collaboration – As lightly touched on above, the best office spaces are ones that can offer staff different options to go about their work. Creating an area designed for collaborative working will help groups to complete their tasks by planning and discussing their work, without disrupting the rest of the working area. Often, the feeling of being confined in their work, won't help creative people to produce truly great work – what they need is the freedom and space to experiment, the time to understand and formulate and often, this can be achieved by collaborating with like-minded people. Given this freedom, they will no doubt feel equipped to drive forward and achieve great things – which will only be of benefit to the business.

Improve Your Office Interiors In Oxford With Oaktree Interiors

If you're looking to improve your office interiors; whether to improve your facilities, to expand or just simply to refresh the outlook of your business, we at Oaktree can help. We are an office design company that has spent 30 years improving office interiors in Oxford, London and throughout the South-East of England. During our time in the industry, we have seen office design trends change and technologies improve. As a result, we have moved with these changes, creating and adapting as we went along – as a result, the office designs that we create today are truly unique and are able to fit every requirement our clients have. Please browse our previous work for more examples of the office designs that we're able to create.

If you would like to learn more about how we're able to improve your office interiors in Oxford, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our office design experts today. Give us a call on 0845 474 3556 alternatively, you can send an e-mail to us at hello@oaktreeoffice.com

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