One size fits all just isn’t doing it anymore. Employee productivity is dependent on the work environment. More and more studies are showing that employees desire a work environment that takes their needs into account. Companies and organizations that are paying attention are reaping the benefits. Recently, The Guardian reported that Rochdale’s council building was named the UK’s best workplace. The building described as “equal parts spaceship and womb” is proof that innovation and having the right team are integral to the success of any office design project. With the experts at Office Space Planners, you too can design an office that both pleases and get the most productivity out of your employees. Archie Bland of The Guardian writes, “Mark Widdup, the council’s director of economy and environment, says: ‘It used to be a bit like Dilbert – you operated in your little cubicle. Well, now the Dilbert mentality is gone, sort of.’ That change is hardly unique to Rochdale. The cliche of the sexy office – possibly, if you are very unlucky, incorporating a slide – has become a ubiquitous feature of tech start-ups and major corporations alike. But, says Philip Ross, founder of unwork.com and consultant on workplace design, those changes are now gathering real pace in the public sector. ‘There are such huge portfolios of real estate to make economies on,’ he says. ‘There’s a huge prize. The public sector’s been a trailblazer.’ Before long, Ross says, banks and corporations will routinely be doing the same, and buildings will be ‘more and more for people and less and less for containing kit’. It’s time, he says dreamily, ‘to actuate the building’.” Despite the award, some workers quoted in the article were less thrilled about the new space, pointing to open-plan aspects of the office. Once again, this is evidence of the need to take your employees’ needs into account. The Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Douglas Sams profiles an example of this approach by taking a look at Go! Experience Design’s office. He writes, “Beavers believes Shlansky grasps the important link between the design of an office and the influence on employee productivity. ‘Variety is what it’s about,’ Beavers said. ‘You have some people who want to be extroverted and others who need privacy, and that can change from day to day, or project to project.’ Beavers added, ‘Their space is nimble, flexible, structured like an upside-down pyramid, and what they are doing is way ahead of its time.’” Whatever works for your employees, you can make sure to facilitate their needs with the help of Office Space Planners. Our expert team of designers and project managers have decades of combined experience and education in the areas of interior design, space planning, computer aided design, drafting, corporate office relocation management, project management, ergonomics and systems furniture. We provide a variety of services, including analysis, commercial space planning, project management, and move coordination. Don’t waste time and money trying to wing an office design project. Invest in the counsel of experts. When it comes to serving all of your office design needs, we’ve got you covered at Office Space Planners!