You do not necessarily need to 'wow' staff or prospective occupiers to make a workspace attractive, but you do need to get the basics right. The following check list will help landlords and occupiers ensure their offices are happy and productive environments.
1. Comfort of work area
The right temperature (climate control and air conditioning), lighting (natural daylight or daylight bulbs), and noise reduction all help to create a better work environment.
2. Kitchen facilities
Providing adequate kitchen facilities can have a significant impact on staff happiness without the need for significant capital expenditure.
3. Increase Wi-Fi
Increasing the availability of internet access can be provided with relative ease and without extensive refurbishment. This can be done in common areas, such as receptions and atriums, as well as the general office floor.
4. Improve security
Staff want to know they, and their possessions, are safe at work, from the moment they park their cars and access the building.
5. Better meeting rooms and breakout areas
Providing space for teams to get away from their desks to collaborate can help increase communication and productivity.
6. On-site café
Space-permitting, create an on-site café to host informal client meetings and events. If you have the empty wall space why not use it to show off the work of local artists?
7. Improve ‘Green’ policies
Workers want to know that their company, and by association their workplace, adheres to sustainable policies. The ‘Green’ measures to consider include EPC and HK BEAM ratings of the landlord’s building.
8. Green space or roof terrace
If you have the luxury of outside space, then maximise its usage by making it a feature for staff. Landlords should think about adding furniture to make outdoor space feel inviting.
9. Parking spaces and bicycle storage
For less prime locations parking remains critical, but consider lighting, security and directional signage to improve the overall environment. For city centre occupiers, plentiful bicycle storage and security are what employees want.
10. Closet for outerwear
Although a cloakroom is not widely provided in offices in Hong Kong, additional space for a closet to hang suits, jackets and coats especially during winter time can also be extremely useful.