1. A more comfortable workforce will produce better results
The links between employee wellbeing and their productivity are quite significant. It's hardly a secret, in 2012 Google searched for the best way to boost workplace productivity and they discovered that the secret was to be nice to your staff. So make sure that your office design caters to their wellbeing and their needs, not just their role within the company.
With regards to office design and refurbishment, this includes things such as the lighting in the office environment. Whilst it is important to note that you do not want the office space to be too bright, you also do not want the lighting too dim either. Perhaps a useful way to find a good balance is to introduce dimmable lighting, which also has the advantage of giving your employees a sense of control in their workspace. However, don't neglect the importance of comfortable furniture and equipment. After all, your employees need comfortable furniture to sit on, and they need a plethora of office supplies to ensure that they are well equipped for the tasks at hand. For example, if your employees will by typing on keyboards all day, perhaps you could provide a selection of keyboards which are designed to reduce fatigue. Not only will this lessen the impact that typing for long periods of time will have on their hand and fingers, making them feel more comfortable, but as it reduces fatigue, it could have a significant impact on productivity.