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The Importance of the Office Environment

March 9, 2021

There is much talk currently about office culture, workspace and how it affects morale and workday productivity. This is particularly interesting to us at the moment as more companies are adopting flexible working policies, balancing more of their employees working from home more regularly. 

You want your employees to be productive and recent studies show that the key to this may actually be in the environment they work in. A comfortable, well-ventilated, well-lit workplace increases productivity by as much as 16 percent and job satisfaction as much as 24 percent, while reducing absenteeism. 

Bad acoustics in our working environment can be one of those challenges. We’ve all been in a situation where it’s difficult to find a quiet spot for that important phone call, or a safe place to hold that Zoom meeting in total privacy and safety. That’s why all of our workspaces at Gilbanks are modular, so not only can they be tailored to each client – but they’re also proving popular in recent times as businesses decide who needs to be in the office.

Additionally, most people working in an office are affected by the afternoon slump bug. As the workday gets close to the end of play, it’s easy to drift off course. Gloomy spaces exacerbate this and lack of light can be detrimental to our productivity. It’s important to make sure you’re keeping your workspace well-lit throughout the day to keep focused. 

Then there’s overall office morale. We understand that a smile goes a long way, so our front-of-house are always the first person any guest of Gilbanks comes into contact with which sets the right tone for the rest of the working day or meeting. Our Club Lounge is designed specifically to encourage chance encounters (with enough social distance, of course) which all help to keep morale high and the working energy strong.