In recent time's i've observed that one of the main cultural signifiers for a profitable brand or organisation surrounds how it recognises and leverages fun & sociability. With an enhanced understanding of the positive impact these points can have on productivity, modern businesses endeavour to recognise and meet the evolving needs and desires of their workforce. Fun helps to encourage investment into vision – and it’s often in office design where utilising it starts.
Utilising fun in a workplace is an important and often overlooked aspect of office design. The main benefits span primarily from its direct impact on positivity. A positive work environment is also a place where employees are empowered to be at their most productive. Incentives that focus on fun and positivity are the ones that help motivate employees to be excited about coming to work every day.
Businesses nowadays often lay a lot more value on collaboration as it inspires team values and increases production while ensuring an enhanced sense of innovation. Our recent Office design for Probitas Partners LLP Lagos, Nigeria was purposed to meet the needs of a growing and agile team of lawyers with a rich and varied knowledge of dispute resolution, corporate & commercial law, maritime, aviation, real property, intellectual property, telecommunication and Islamic finance law. Collaboration often leads to the consistent delivery of great work at the highest level over a shorter relative period of time.
We created an open plan workspace for the Junior Lawyers and interns as well as a private office for Senior Lawyers, this inspires team bonding. It's very important to leverage it when looking at office design.
What does the “fun” office look like?
It’s important to note that the idea of “fun” in a workplace is directly related to each business’s separate culture. What can be considered the correct manifestation of positivity and fun for one organisation is sure to differ immensely from others. For example, those in creative and media industries are now often offering amenities like ping pong tables or arcades, whereas those in more reserved sectors like law firms place an emphasis on ensuring breakout spaces are ready for when they are needed.
Whatever your own business calls for, an office should be design in a practical layout that is fully purposed to meet the needs of each task undertaken by your staff. It should put emphasis on factors such as group collaboration alongside sole working. Where culture is concerned, it should also draw inspiration from your own values of socialisation.
Fun in the workplace isn’t just an interior matter
Every aspect of office design is vital to both employees and to consumers. This is no different when it comes to the idea of fun. Many big corporations utilise the emphasis they put on the value of fun in their offices as a marketing technique. People appreciate these businesses and are more likely to invest in them if they have a company culture they would personally love to be part of.
Office design is all about function and purpose. Utilising fun is about consciously reflecting the subconscious culture of a business to those within and outside its walls. Not only is it a great way to maximise productivity and innovation by building your team and general office positivity, it is the perfect light for your brand to be reflected in.