Whether you have just decided to start your own company, are an established business owner or have decided to expand your business, providing a happy, healthy working environment for your employees is something that you will need to consider. In fact, it is so important that the success of your business will depend on it.
As all good business owners know, the ultimate aim when running a company is to achieve a profit. When investing into your business, you do so after much research that reassures you that you will see a high return on your investment.
However, when you think of speculating to accumulate, your first thought might not automatically be on the design of your office. As we will show you, a little investment actually does go a very long way indeed, especially when doing so does not require a lot of disturbance or interruption to your business. Creating an employee-friendly office or transforming your existing environment can be done quickly and with minimal upheaval as these office redesign case studies show.
Still not convinced? Here is why you should be:
Better Conditions Equal Fewer Sick Days
According to the Office for National Statistics, more than 137.3 million working days were lost in 2016 through staff sickness. The highest reason for absence was cited as being musculoskeletal problems which include back pain, limb and upper neck pain. A poor working environment for office workers might include inadequate seating, poorly arranged desk space, inadequate lighting or overcrowding. This is thought to cost the UK economy an average of £29 billion a year. Improving poor conditions or creating a positive work space can ensure that your business does not lose money through staff sickness, especially through conditions which can be easily avoided.
It Is Your Responsibility
As an employer, it is your duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1984 to provide a safe environment for your employees to work in. Not only can it cost you in terms of covering or replacing sick staff but it might cost you in the legal sense too.
Happy Staff, Happy Boss
It has been proven that if your employees are happy and inspired, they will also be more productive. More productive employees equals better business. Better business means more profits. So happy staff equal a happy boss!
When it comes to better business sense, can you really afford not to?