The nature of work, and even the kinds of jobs that many of us have, has changed dramatically over the past few years. More than anything else, this has to do with the incredible leaps and bounds in technology that we have been able to make the most of. Today, jobs exist which would have had people scratching their heads in confusion just a few short years ago.
When it comes to office refurbishment in Reading, the tech capital of the UK, or anywhere else in the country, it is important that you make sure you are designing for the next generation of employees as well as your current workforce.
With the rate at which technology is advancing, it is entirely likely that the workforce we could call 'the next generation' is only a couple of years younger than the current entry-level employees. We are already designing offices around portability, and creating many hot desk locations instead of having a dedicated working space, but with the rise in portable computing it is likely that the next generation will be even less tied down to a desk than your, already portable, employees.
The next generation have grown up with easy access to laptops, iPads and tablets of all kinds. The idea of being tied down to one spot, for seven hours a day, five days a week, will be horrifying to the next generation, and you need to ensure that your business and office design offers the flexible working style to attract and retain the very best talent.
If you hope to appeal to your potential employees, you need to make sure that your workspace has the potential to work as a part of business' employee attraction.
· Mobile Technology – Ensure that your workplace has the capacity to offer mobile working. This is likely to be one of the most important features in the office designs of the near future. Make sure that there are plenty of device charging points around your office, and it can even be a good idea to provide lockers with charging docks to allow devices to charge whilst the employee is on lunch, in a meeting, or elsewhere.
· Relaxed Atmosphere - Workers were, once, tethered to technology. Now that technology is largely portable, the working environments can be much more relaxed and laid back. We're not saying that you need to create an office space like Google's, and dominate any public area with slides, ball pits or playpens, but that you don't need stuffy cubicles. In most industries, particularly tech companies, you can do away with oppressive meeting rooms too, and create brighter, open areas to encourage interaction.
· A Change In Company Culture – Although it isn't suitable for all businesses, offering your employees other perks, such as the option to work from home occasionally, more flexible hours and team-building exercises can all help to attract new employees. It can also be useful to offer healthy snacks and meals to encourage your employees to eat at work and encourage interaction.
At Oaktree Interiors, we understand how important your office refurbishment in Reading can be to the future of your business. If you fail to keep your employees happy and productive, whilst also preparing for the future, then you could seriously be putting yourself at a disadvantage.For more information, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our team of expert workplace designers today on 0845 474 3556. You can also email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get back to you as soon as we can!