Office Trends to Support Houston’s Diverse Workforce

Office Trends to Support Houston’s Diverse Workforce

Office Trends to Support Houston’s Diverse Workforce

 

Although we are proud to service markets across the nation, WorkSpace Resource does most of our business right here at home in Houston. And why not?

In recent years, Houston has continued to grow into a vibrant and diverse city that attracts a variety of new companies from a diverse base of industries. Business friendly policies have attracted companies to expand and even relocate their headquarters into Houston. Once dominated by the Oil & Gas sector, Houston has become a leader in a number of other industry sectors including Manufacturing & Technology, Aerospace & Aviation, Biotechnology & Life Sciences, and Distribution & Logistics. As for Headquarters, Houston currently ranks third among areas with twenty-six Fortune 500 companies based here.

As a company who supports the growth and expansion of other companies, it’s safe to say that we love Houston!

As the cities industry sector continues to develop and adapt to new types of employees, so does the standard for office environments. Here are 3 trends that we are noticing in Houston office spaces.

1. “Resimercial” Work Spaces – Houston’s relaxed zoning regulations allow commercial and residential to co-exist easily. Throughout Houston you will find businesses who take this a step further, even as far as converting residential homes into office space. Even commercial spaces are trending toward a more relaxed style by opting for furniture with a more residential feel. With as much time as employees are spending in the office these days, it creates a more approachable and comfortable space that keeps everyone’s eyes off the clock.

2. Unique designs – Many new companies that have expanded into Houston are taking the opportunity to use unique designs to support a people-focused culture. For example, the headquarters for Houston-based company Mattress Firm has amenities such as nap rooms, arcade games, swings, and a coffee bar. Additionally, companies are designing flexible spaces and open floor plans that allow for expansion, adaptation and change as growth continues.

3. Diversity of spaces – The variety of industries also brings a variety of employees to Houston, each with different needs and preferences for their workspace. Even within a single company, people occupying different roles may have differing needs. For example, many studies show that while innovation and creativity thrive in open workspaces, productivity still thrives in private work areas. For this reason, a marketing employee may prefer to spend time in a more collaborative area, while an accounting employee may need a more quiet space. Houston companies have responded to these needs by focusing on creating a diversity of spaces, including meeting rooms, private work areas, places to socialize and outdoor spaces.

 

WorkSpace Resource is your source for the highest quality new and used office furniture with professional service that will help you find the perfect combination for your office space. Offering a full line of office furniture, including chairs, tables, desks, cubicles, and storage systems, we can provide an endless number of possibilities for any budget to help you transform your workspace into a reflection of your vision. Call us today to start the design process!

Office Environments: Privacy + Peacefulness = Productivity

Office Environments: Privacy + Peacefulness = Productivity

Office Environments – Privacy + Peacefulness = Productivity

 

Employers today representing companies small, large and from every industry are all in search of one common element in their workplace – Productivity. No matter what generation of employees they represent, companies are searching for ways to help boost their employee’s productivity while maintaining or increasing job satisfaction and retention levels. An article from Inc.com outlines a few small changes that can make a significant impact on this valuable trait among employees.

From energy drinks and headphones to goal setting and to-do lists, the ways to increase productivity at work are abundant and diverse. While a Venti coffee and the latest Beyonce album can be helpful, there are some proven methods that will help.

By creating quiet spaces and implementing natural elements that improve your workspace, you can produce even better results. This not only increases productivity, it also increases overall workplace happiness.

By making adjustments to your space, you can make improvements that will benefit your entire team. Here are five ways to update your workplace and boost productivity:

Make room for tranquil spaces

Adding a zen room creates a space for employees to recharge. Recent studies have shown that taking breaks for silence revitalizes your nervous system, bolsters energy levels and allows your mind to be more receptive and creative, and therefore more productive. Creating a zen room can be a simple as converting an underutilized room in your office into your new, serene space. Provide dimmable lighting, if possible, and add flexible, comfortable furnishings. Embellishing the space with artwork and soothing music will add to the ambiance.

Install sound masking

While this sounds like a daunting undertaking, the benefits of sound masking have been studied extensively. Independent research has documented productivity gains of 8 to 38 percent and job satisfaction increases of 125 to 174 percent with the addition of sound masking. On top of speech privacy, sound masking can also reduce employee stress and mental fatigue. Installation costs are relatively low and range between $1 and $2.50 per square foot depending on the location of the facility and the complexity of the system.

Create a quiet zone

Similar to a zen room, quiet zones allow a place for employees to go when they need increased focus, without the distraction of side office conversations. A recent study from the¬†University of California, Irvine found that an average employee’s quiet time is only 11 minutes between interruptions and disturbances. It then takes approximately 25 minutes to pick-up and proceeds with assignments. Creating quiet zones eliminates the possibility of distractions and provides an area for ample focus on more complex or time-sensitive tasks. Designate an area of your office where no calls, meetings or discussions can take place and workers can find the privacy they need to be productive.”

 

WorkSpace Resource is your source for the highest quality new and used office furniture with professional service that will help you find the perfect combination for your office space. Offering a full line of office furniture, including chairs, tables, desks, cubicles, and storage systems, we can provide an endless number of possibilities for any budget to help you transform your workspace into a reflection of your vision. Call us today to start the design process!

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