Awe-Inspiring Workspaces: Hype or Worth Investing?

Jan 14, 2020 | Leadership

Inspiring-workspace

Investing in your work environment can pay huge dividends, increasing employees’ happiness and productivity.

Companies receive many benefits from investing in their workspaces, including achieving better employee retention and a more positive work culture. Today’s work environment also plays an important role in business development: a highly functional, ergonomic design can help attract the best employees and strengthen employee morale, thereby inspiring productivity. 

According to a study from The Ohio State University and the National Institute of Mental Health, work environment significantly affects employees’ health by raising or decreasing stress levels. These are associated with substantial economic consequences, including increased absenteeism, increased worker turnover, decreased job satisfaction and associated decreases in productivity. As Carson Tate, author of Work Simply, says, investing in your work environment can pay huge dividends in increased productivity and employees’ happiness. 

“If the space you work in isn’t set up to optimize workflow, your workers are going to end up expending a lot more time and energy to get that work done,” says Tate.

Having a boring, and unfulfilling workspace can drain employees’ energy and cause them to feel uninspired. Old schooled, static and plane offices are no longer an option for growing companies that want to attract and retain a dynamic workforce. Workers demand more. 

In fact, the Fellowes Workplace Wellness Trend Report found out that employees want to work in a healthy environment. 87% of surveyed workers would like their current employer to offer healthier workspace benefits like sit-stands, wellness rooms, better lighting, and ergonomic seating. 93% of workers in the tech industry said they would stay longer at a company that would offer this kind of healthier workspace benefits.

87% of surveyed workers would like their current employer to offer healthier workspace benefits

Fellowes Workplace Wellness Trend Report

Grammarly, in Pursuit of Functionality and Comfort

A clear example of these results can be found at the Grammarly headquarters. 

Grammarly—which provides a toolkit used today by 20 million people to correct their written grammar, suggest better ways to write things and moderate the tone of what they are saying—needed a workspace that provided its employees with the ability to be both creative and productive, while also boosting its company culture. 

With this in mind, the company created a design concept of workspace transformation that reflected its spirit and promoted a strong culture, functionality, and sense of well-being. Their investment resulted in an office space with a welcoming atmosphere for the team without whom Grammarly would never have succeeded. 

Extensive use of eco-friendly materials and natural wood, multiple references to the outdoors in the lounge areas, and the abundance of natural light create a positive work-life balance for the team and contribute to the highest levels of comfort and efficiency.

Grammarly has recently closed a $90 million round of funding and was named one of Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019. No doubt having an awe-inspiring workplace helps to motivate each of the employees to create and innovate, making the company worthy of this list. We are convinced of the difference that a well-thought-out and personalized workplace design can make in a company’s growth, and culture.

Therefore, investing in the company workspace a top priority for any modern company leader. 

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