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01 Reception of Southampton IT firm PEER 1 Hosting, which features a slide from the floor above 02 Stockholm workplace of Arcona and Exengo, awarded Sweden's best- looking office 2015 03 Meeting room of London software company Splunk, voted one of the UK's coolest offices by Management Today RACONTEUR raconteur.net 15 THE FUTURE WORKPLACE 26 / 04 / 2016 TOP 5 DESIGN TIPS 01 GO MINIMALIST Last year BNP Paribus decided to declutter and move to paperless-working to free up space for collaboration. The only place staff can store paper is in a locker each employee has been assigned. 02 CREATE CABINS Atlas Copco, whose Hemel Hempstead office services and sells vacuum pumps, portable compressors, generators, and construction and mining equipment, has introduced "cockpits" as part of zoning its work. Small cabins fit only one person, while larger ones can accommodate three or four. 03 ADD COLOUR Interior designers do it, so why shouldn't you? A University of Texas study has found people are more productive in low- wavelength blue and green rooms because these colours elicit feelings of tranquility and confidence, and can aid focus. 04 LIGHTEN UP Make better use of natural light. A study from Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois found workers with more light exposure in the office had longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life compared to colleagues with less light exposure in the workplace. 05 ADD PLAY SPACES A survey by Staples found 85 per cent of employees said they would be more productive if they were able to go somewhere that enabled them to have regular breaks. W W W.OREGA .COM At Orega we create serviced office solutions for businesses across London, the UK and Europe. Our model is different. We partner with forward-thinking landlords who realise they can get more from their commercial property. They appoint us to manage their property, we co-invest in the set up and together we share the profits above that which a landlord would expect from a conventional market letting. Since 2000, we've proven we know what it takes to succeed in the serviced office market time and again. If you're a landlord looking to maximise the potential of your commercial property then get in touch on partnership@orega.com Maximise the potential of your property asset. tures creative thinking an environment which helps boost creativity as well as productivity the need of the business has to drive the design of the building, not the other way around. While Box didn't specifically demand more produc - tivity, better productivity is the byproduct of a clear vision for how a business wants to showcase its brand to staff and customers." When firms get this, well-designed offices return figures finance direc - tors suddenly become interested in. "Since moving 18 months ago to our new Chiswick HQ – complete with a bar and huge top-floor with scattered chairs for meetings and no desks – our turnover of people has halved," says Denis O'Flynn, UK managing director of Pernod Ricard. "Our view was that we can't create the entrepreneurial spirit we want without giving people freedom to think and meet. Real pressure, of course, comes when firms are struggling to fit more people in and there's an in - door garden or play area that looks like wasted space. "This is when de- sign, profitability and performance have to be part of the conversion with boards," says Sarah O'Cal- laghan, managing partner of Space & Solutions, which worked on the PEER 1 building. "A fit-out that doesn't answer these questions hasn't done its job properly. PEER 1 wanted to create a place pri - marily to attract scarce talent – that was the established business need – but for others it may be to help people do their jobs better so they don't want to leave. Fundamentally people are still sitting down working, but design still has to answer a business require - ment and not be about gimmicks." Fortunately, the gut feel a good environment creates is being mon- etised by some firms at the cutting edge of this. Four years ago National Grid challenged itself to boost pro- ductivity by redesigning its War- wick head office. According to Simon Carter, Na- tional Grid's head of property, the roll-out redesign throughout the building has helped boost staff per- formance by a significant 8 per cent. National Grid believes the impact of the 3,000 people in its head- quarters working more effectively equates to £20 million-worth of in- creased productivity Sounds good, doesn't it? But there is an important caveat. Good de- sign is for nothing if there isn't a cultural shift to go with it. "We call it how the physical – the building – meets the philosophical," says Mr O'Flynn. "A good office environ - ment only works when everyone knows how it works – and when people are given control over their space and time." Share this article online via raconteur.net PEER 1 Hosting ateljé Lyktan 03 Morgan Lovell

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