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8 Reasons Why an Office Environment Can Increase Productivity

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In the modern workplace, the office environment plays a crucial role in shaping employee productivity and satisfaction. While remote work and flexible arrangements have gained popularity, the office remains a central hub for collaboration, creativity, and efficiency. A well-designed office space can foster a sense of belonging and team spirit, leading to stronger bonds among colleagues and increased morale.

Additionally, the office provides access to resources and amenities that may not be available at home, such as high-speed internet, specialized equipment, and dedicated workspaces. Furthermore, the physical presence in an office setting can help maintain a routine and structure, which is beneficial for many individuals’ productivity. In this article, United Co. explores eight compelling reasons why maintaining a strong office environment can significantly enhance productivity and contribute to overall business success.

1. Office Layout and Design

Let’s start with the basics. Houses are designed to be a place of safety, comfort, and leisure. Our home is where we go to escape the stresses and strains of the office. Offices are designed as a place to be productive. Offices need good lighting, furniture that supports you ergonomically to power through a key report, and a place where you can focus and do what you do best. Your couch is designed to snuggle up on and marathon your favorite series when you need to turn off your brain. United Co’s private offices provide sit-to-stand desks, ergonomic chairs, and more in an environment with ample natural lighting.

2. Technology Advancement

Most homes have good internet connections. The never-ending NBN rollout will deliver better connectivity to houses all over Australia (eventually). The technology required to run a successful business is bigger than that though.

Home internet isn’t designed to share bandwidth between your Zoom team meeting, your partner’s digital seminar, and the kid’s online classrooms and lectures simultaneously. With high-speed fiber internet connections and onsite tech support, a United Co. private office has all the tech tools you need to hit your business goals.

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3. Time Management

Having a balance between work and home is difficult at the best of times. A balance is vital to physical, mental, and emotional health, so having work and home exist at the same time and space creates conflicts with scheduling and priorities. You need to help the kids with homework, do the laundry, and finish that spreadsheet. A physical separation of home and office helps to match the tasks and priorities to the location you are in. A recent study by the Harvard Business School showed that shifting to remote work added an extra 48 minutes to the average workday. A United Co. private office can be a sanctuary for you to focus on the job at hand before heading home to relax.

4. Collaboration Opportunity

We talk of the light bulb moment as something that appears miraculously in our head, a genius idea that is fully formed and ready to make us millions. However, the light bulb itself, attributed to Thomas Edison is the culmination of improvements and developments of other people’s work and ideas. Edison’s lightbulb is ironically a perfect example of collaboration. His lightbulb followed the work of Humphry Davy and Joseph Swan with Edison and Swan eventually merging their companies and working together to improve the design.

Working with people and having ideas spark off each other has always been a huge part of working in an office environment. United Co’s Fitzroy is a shared space with entrepreneurs from a range of sectors so you could bump into your Edison in the members’ kitchen or at one of the regular community events.

5. Team Building and Onboarding

Building a team and bringing someone into your team is not as easy as following a set of Ikea instructions. There is no easy tick-box chart you can follow to make someone feel valued and give them a sense of belonging. While there have been many interesting stories of new employees starting their careers remotely and the rise of digital interns only time will tell how durable those connections are.

Over the years studies have shown that strong workplace friendships increase productivity, job satisfaction, and staff retention. Formally organized conversations are easy via chat and video calls but how do you replace the informal banter about last night’s footie, a good restaurant recommendation, or complementing a new haircut? These conversations start randomly when you pass in the office kitchen or meet in the lift, these are the conversations that build true connections. United Co. private offices can hold from 1 to 50 staff to suit the size of your team.

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6. Community and Networking

Connection goes beyond the team too, we humans crave connection. We are tribal by nature. Johann Hari, author of Lost Connections said “Bees need a hive, humans need a tribe”. Our team is one tribe but we have so many more; there is a family of course, our sports team, our business network, our spin class, and so many more. Feeling that sense of community and belonging lifts us when we are down and gives us a sense of stability in the World. Private office members at United Co. have access to regular community events where they can connect with other coworkers. 

7. Physical Wellness

Probably the biggest reason that we won’t see the end of the office is surprisingly wellness. Physical wellness has been hugely affected by staff working from home. A few years ago, when we all went to buy step counters, we bought into the need to do our 10,000 steps a day. Working remotely has meant that our desk is now five steps away from our bed, the kettle is two steps away and we don’t need to walk across the office to go to the bathroom.

Despite all of the YouTube workouts we still managed to put on a few kilos because we simply don’t have to walk to the train station twice a day. Even better than your step count, an office with a gym can level up physical recovery.

8. Mental Health

The awareness of mental health impacts has been growing for many years and lockdown has shone an intense light on the issue. Feelings of loneliness, isolation, and depression have been widely reported. Being away from our community, and our tribe has put a big strain on so many of us. More and more surveys are reporting that staff are keen to get back to an office environment on a part-time or full-time basis.

The main reasons given are to have a sense of routine and to see people face to face again. At United Co., we value your mental health as much as we value our own which is why we have a quiet or prayer room as part of our wellness suite and we host regular community events to help build everyone’s tribe.

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In conclusion, the office environment remains a vital component of a productive and successful workplace. By providing a space that promotes collaboration, creativity, and focus, businesses can enhance employee engagement and satisfaction.

A well-designed office environment not only supports productivity but also fosters a sense of community and belonging among team members. As businesses navigate the evolving landscape of work arrangements, maintaining a strong office environment will continue to be key in driving productivity and achieving organizational goals.

Ready to elevate your office environment? Join United Co. today and enjoy a premium private office and world-class amenities at 425 Smith Street, Fitzroy. Our office suite offers a wellness suite with a gym, games room, and dedicated spaces for prayer or meditation. Experience the spirit of working in a vibrant community and inspiring workspace. Join us at United Co. and take your work to the next level!