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Can An Office Be Designed for Better ROI

Can An Office Be Designed for Better ROI?

Posted on: May 28, 2019

As an office interiors firm with a focus on return on investment for companies, we are frequently asked, “Can an office be designed for better ROI?” In our years of experience, we have absolutely seen that it can. That’s why in our office design, we go beyond simply arranging new desks, chairs and furniture. We focus on your company’s goals and achieving your vision.

According to this study from Gensler Research and Insight: “the most significant factor in workplace effectiveness is not collaboration, it’s individual focus work.” Focused employees are productive employees, and there are multiple elements of an office design that can increase or decrease focus.

Desks and chairs should be comfortable and positioned to be ergonomically effective. The design should include colors that are reflective of a productive and relaxed environment. Employees should be able to collaborate easily and effectively.

In addition, each type of business requires a different type of design. Corporate offices need both collaborative work spaces and individual focus space. Educational facilities need classroom designs that encourage the learning process. Healthcare offices need waiting rooms that are inviting and comfortable, sufficient file storage space, and physician’s offices that allow for research and consulting with patients.

To answer the question of “Can an office be designed for better ROI?” the team at Bellia Office Design works to accomplish just that. We create spaces that are not only visually appealing, but also encourage focus and productivity. Our office designs also create a strong impression for customers and potential new hires, helping businesses to attract top talent and establish lasting good will. And following our design, we look at your numbers to see how it has impacted your goals.

If you’d like to know more about how Bellia Office Design can improve your ROI, contact us today or use this online form to request a free workspace evaluation. We’re here to help you love the space you’re in.

Improve your employees health with a Workspace Nudge

Posted on: October 30, 2018

Did you know that the 15 feet around each of your employees, has a profound effect on the health and wellness of your employees?  

In a recent article written by the experts at Haworth, they detail how the 15 feet around your employees, impacts almost every system of the body.  The chair that your employees sit in and how much they move affects their muscular and skeletal systems; noise and distractions affect the immune system because they increase stress; the amount of access to natural light affects the endocrine system.  Each area of space that is within the 15 feet of your employees, affects another system in their bodies.

Studies have indicated that “healthcare costs per employee are expected to rise to $25K by 2025.”  Because every company is impacted by rising healthcare costs, effective office design has a huge impact on your bottom line.  Furthermore, 90% of most people spend their time indoors, most of which is spent at their jobs. Considering these statistics and the need for improved employee wellness, the Haworth research team studied the new discipline of applying behavioral economics to workspace design called the Workspace Nudge™.

What is the Workspace Nudge™?

This new discipline takes into account every single factor that affects the health and well-being of your employees.  A Workspace Nudge encourages and prompts employees to move, focus and connect and the outcome is that behaviors begin to change which ultimately improves the health of your employees, decreases sick days and creates a more positive work environment.  Over the years, lots of money has been invested in wellness programs, the good thing about a Workspace Nudge™ is that it is impactful without a lot of cost.

Check out the article here for ways that Haworth suggests that you can nudge your employees into healthier behaviors with design.

Create a Successful Organizational Culture

“A Google search for “company culture” turns up over 290,000,000 hits in a fraction of a second, garnering headlines from Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and other business publications. Why does culture earn so much press? Because it’s critically important, often misunderstood, and influences employee engagement—all of which ultimately affect financial performance. Whether conscious or subconscious, culture evokes strong emotions that motivate employees to perform.
Beyond engaging employees for the sake of revenue, a healthy culture can also foster collaboration and innovation. While much of what comprises culture is amorphous, research suggests that architecture, interior design, and furnishings provide a tangible way to support—or even change—the culture of an organization.” 

Read more by downloading this whitepaper from Haworth. 

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Whitepaper: Economics of Ergonomics

Being able to discuss with management the costs of work-related musculoskleletal disorders (WMSDs) and the performance losses associated with them is beneficial when trying to justify the purchase of “ergonomically” designed office furniture. This paper from Haworth discusses the steps involved in the process to cost justify ergonomic changes.

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Strategic Blueprint: Balancing Cost-Effectiveness with Support for Corporate Change & Flexibility

In recent years, organizations have increased their attention to facilities management — due in large part to a perceived need for increased consolidation in the procurement, specification, and project management of corporate office environments. As the cost of corporate real estate remains high, many companies consider facilities in terms of organizational efficiency and cost-cutting initiatives. However, this approach may need fundamental revision to keep up with the torrid pace of change within the knowledge economy.

In many corporations, the traditional view has been that in order to improve the bottom line, facilities costs must be kept to a minimum. One effect of this approach has been to increase the density of workers within office environments. Quite literally, many organizations measure building performance or efficiency in terms of how many workers they can accommodate with the least amount of floor space or technology support.

While this approach serves to maximize short-term returns on investments and assets, if the impact of employee turnover, absenteeism, and less-thanoptimal productivity are included in the measurement, the perspective that facilities costs represent mere red ink changes dramatically. If turnover or absenteeism drops — or productivity increases — even a few percentage points, the positive impact on the bottom line can be substantial, depending on company size. Over a ten-year period, the costs of employees’ salaries and benefits will be fully five to 13 times the costs of the initial investment in construction, furniture, interior furnishings, and equipment, plus building operations and maintenance, depending on proportion of leased to purchased real estate. The fact that personnel costs still represent the primary corporate expenditure — well ahead of facilities costs — suggests the need to treat space as an investment rather than as overhead. The potential for bottom-line impact from facilities has much more to do with support for  knowledge work than with merely trimming costs. Read more by downloading this whitepaper from Haworth.

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Coworking

Understanding The Power of Coworking

Coworking evolved when the home office proved to be an insufficient space for freelancers seeking collaboration with likeminded, independent people. These spaces provide a productive, creative, and satisfying work atmosphere, not just for freelancers, but also for corporate organizations. As more and more corporations realize that coworking offers great potential for fostering innovation it raises many questions. Where are the roots of this potential? How can they be transferred to different types of businesses?

Fraunhofer IAO, one of Haworth’s many research partners around the world, conducts research around new ways of working. We have summarized their findings, which reveal that coworking has great potential to fundamentally change knowledge work and catalyze innovation in the future. 

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Supporting Workstyles for Greater Organizational Success

Posted on: January 17, 2017

Did you know that employees represent more than 80% of a company’s overall investments?

That is an astounding commitment for organizations operating in a world of work that continues to evolve at an exceedingly fast pace. Businesses today must face the dilemma of how to strategically invest their limited resources to ensure every employee is doing his or her mind’s best work for organizational success. That strategy includes evaluating how the built environment influences both individual and group work,and ensuring that the cognitive processes people rely on to complete specific work tasks are accommodated. Now more than ever before, understanding how a facility supports workers’ needs for concentration and interaction takes center stage in workplace design. Read more about the reseach behind structuring workspaces in this whitepaper from Haworth.

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Collaborative Spaces

Posted on: December 27, 2016

While working in teams may not be a new concept, in recent years there has been a steady shift way from independent, heads-down work toward more collaborative, team-based activities (Brand, 2008). Even in businesses that have traditionally focused on the individual, the value of collaboration — whether for brainstorming or socializing — is finding growing support. But how best to support collaboration in a particular environment? The key is in understanding how the organization’s culture informs its specific collaboration needs.

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Improving Clinical Design

HEALTHCARE: Tips For Improving Clinical Design

Lets explore some tips for improving clinical design in healthcare. The nationwide shift toward outpatient (ambulatory) care continues to rise at a steep rate to meet demand. As a result, the growing prevalence of outpatient care facilities has taken on tremendous importance for today’s healthcare providers.

From 1992 to 2012, outpatient visits to community hospitals in the U.S. rose from roughly 367 million visits annually to more than 678 million visits a year. Reports state that by even the most conservative measures, the amount of money being spent on outpatient construction is expected to grow nearly 20-30 percent in the next decade.

Ultimately, the goal of more effective clinic design is to improve the quality of outpatient care and increase efficiencies among medical team members. The insights shared within this whitepaper will help the healthcare industry make more enlightened design decisions when planning a floor plan that helps reach healthcare goals. 

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Collegiate Design: The New Driver for Workplace Design

When making the jump from collegiate to corporate environments, recently hired graduates are often “lost in transition.” 82% of them in fact. Not only are new hires baffled by the relevance of their physical space (“cube farms”), but also by the work styles expected of them.

In order to support the work styles of the newest workforce, collegiate design may influence the next evolution in workplace design. Corporations competing in the race for talent should borrow design and workspace planning concepts from institutions of higher education. This whitepaper from KI explains why collegiate design is the new driver for workplace design.

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