When you enter a management role, the reality hits you of just how much of a company depends on its culture and its team’s interactions with each other. You should be attempting to create a culture of employee collaboration, and the environment where you employees will spend the majority of their time in work plays a vital role in promoting this kind of thinking.
In fact, such a well-established fact is this that many of the world’s top companies, like Apple and Google, have incorporated their working spaces into their business models, with the emphasis being on the employees’ overall happiness and wellbeing contributing the most when it comes to productivity and motivation in the workplace.
And one of the best ways to make an environment where your employees are happy is to ask your employees to participate in the planning and design phases. After all, who knows what motivates a person more than the person you are supposed to be motivating? It will also bring your team together in the spirit of collaboration.
So, let’s look at some ways you can get your team involved in designing your office.
Finding the offices flaws
In a team environment, it shouldn’t really be a major task to find an opportunity to bring this subject up, whether you schedule an entire team meeting or simply mention it over a relaxed lunchtime chat. But before you can begin the first phases in designing the office you have to identify the current problems and what you need to focus on when it comes to actually drafting the plans.
Does your team lack the necessary space that it needs to conduct collaborative projects? Maybe there isn’t enough room for all of the spare computer equipment? Or perhaps, is the current design is hampering your employees’ ability to focus intently on the tasks at hand? Participation produces productivity and asking your team in the early stages to give their thoughts and ideas on a big group project will get people’s sense of pride in their workplace shoot through the roof.
Seek input from everywhere
All criticism is good and asking people who are completely unrelated to the process of designing the office to take a look at what you have so far can be a great idea to generate feedback from a fresh pair of eyes. This could include a partner or spouse, kids or even a long-time business associate.
Don’t just simply ask them if they like it, ask them what they like and don’t like about what you have come up with and after asking a few people if something comes up over and over again, then it clearly indicates that element to be generally disliked and should be changed. Try to go into this with an open mind and don’t get offended or annoyed that someone didn’t like your idea, you asked them for their help after all.
Get them rolling up their sleeves
A great way to not only save some money on getting a job done but also helping your team to bond with each other is to get them all involved in a team-based creative activity that requires a multitude of different skills. For example, one person could be heading up getting all the appropriate furniture moved and covered to avoid damage, another could be tasked with masking up the room and making sure that there is a border for the walls being painted, one person can be in charge of sugar soaping the walls to clean them and so on.
The other upside to this is that it will help to foster a culture of extra work, naturally you will have to pay them overtime, but by getting them to help out the company and the office in an unconventional way that their normal job simply would not be able to give them opportunity to do can be extremely refreshing and help turn dull, practically forced overtime into a fun experience in painting with their friends from work whilst getting paid at the same time.
Thanks for taking the time out to read this article, as you can see there are far more advantages to involving your team in this process than mere monetary savings on your quote. Please click the following link for more information about commercial office fitouts.