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If you take a look around your workplace for a moment, what do you see? Perhaps it's the colours on the walls, the layout of the office, the furniture or the lighting. Whatever your office design currently consists of, everything will be affecting the way you and your employees feel, think and work.

The impact of these elements does not just affect the people who work there. The design of the workplace also affects those who visit the business, namely potential clients and prospective employees. As the greatest assets of any business, attracting talented people is the key to its success. If the first impressions of prospective employees are of a space that isn't welcoming, that they don't feel like they belong, they won't be willing to accept your job offer.

In contrast, if the office offers a working environment that appeals to them, they will more than likely be eager to accept any offers and look forward to contributing to the ongoing success of the business.

Attracting talented employees through office design

So, how to create an attractive workplace design? If you're interested in improving the effect that your office interiors have on prospective employees (as well as on those already there), here are some steps to take:

Use colour to create an attractive office environment

Up until relatively recently, 'the office'was just a place in which to house working people; the drabness of their in-work existence summed up by the dullness of the walls that crammed everyone in. In recent decades, we have come to learn that this isn't beneficial in creating inspirational feelings in workers (inspiration being the sentiment that drives us on to be highly creative and productive). Feeling inspired and driven ultimately allows us to be at our best and when we're at our best, we're happy – and every employee wants to feel happy at work.

The use of colour and texture is therefore vital in creating an inspirational and ultimately, attractive, office environment. Using colour theory in office design can help with this – for example, if you have a room dedicated to interviews, incorporating blue and orange colours will help interviewees to feel relaxed, yet enthusiastic. Whilst designing your office and choosing colours and textures, it's important to consider how you would want your employees to feel, what 'message' you wish to get across. To learn more about colour theory, have a read of our dedicated blog on the subject.

Move past the office design essentials

Many employers have noticed that when job seekers are choosing between multiple job offers, one of the major influences in their eventual decision are the additional physical amenities on offer.These are facilities that will primarily be of benefit to them, such as an in-house cafe, games rooms, gym, car parking or childcare services. So as candidates prioritise these extra facilities, it's important for the business to think about what it wants to include and how they could include them within their current space.

Thankfully, the method to figure out what employees may want in their ideal office design is simple – you just need to ask them! You can either ask them directly or create a short survey about their workspace preferences. This will determine what new amenities you need to keep the current employee base attached to the company, as well as work to attract more.

Create a versatile space

One of the more popular workplace design methods that's emerged rapidly within the last few years, has been agile office design. We all like to have multiple choices in most aspects of life; it better helps us to find the ideal solution, and job seekers are the same. By creating a work environment that allows the employee to choose how they work, they will be able to find their ideal comfort levels at all times of the working day, boosting their productivity, performance and by extension, their job satisfaction. Agile design allows people to choose between collaborative, private or mobile working with ease.

Think about what kind of working environments your employees need and match them up with your business goals. As an example,if you mostly want to create and grow a creative culture, replacing individual desks with colourful 'community tables' allows for people to get together and collaborate.If you mainly want to focus on singular working and productivity, then the singular desk is a must. However, by making the spaces agile, an employee doesn't have to be tethered to the same desk; they can choose a desk based on the people or teams they need to work with or the environment they wish to work in. As long as it makes sense for your company culture, feel free to create a wide array of work environments. In the end, that range of choice will prove very attractive for any job seeker with great talent to unleash.

Create your ideal bespoke office fit out with Oaktree Interiors

Those were some key steps to take when creating an attractive office design; if you're interested in learning more about how to create a fit out that can help to raise productivity, inspiration and reflect the brand of your company, why not get in touch with the dedicated experts here at Oaktree Interiors?

For the last three decades, we have established a leading workplace design service that has helped a vast range of businesses, from start-ups to established firms with global reaches, to get the most out of their office spaces. Why not take a look at our dedicated case studies page to see some recent example of our work?

To learn more about how we can help, please do not hesitate to give us a call today on 034521 86955 or e-mail hello@oaktreeoffice.com and we'll be in touch as soon as possible.

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