The corporate headquarters of Summertown Interiors is, not surprisingly, quite beautiful. It’s also in an energy-efficient building with architecture designed to improve workflow.
With Summertown Interiors being well-known in eco-friendly designs, it is only natural that their new corporate headquarters in Jebel Ali is built to conserve energy and water.
The company’s premise was designed to reduce water and lighting consumption by 50 per cent. In order to do this Summertown Interiors installed water efficient fixtures to reduce use by 32 per cent.
In addition, movement detection systems in restrooms were also installed so that lights only turn on when someone is inside.
Marcos Bish, managing director of Summertown Interiors, said: “We incorporated all the best elements of green design into the new headquarters and showroom to demonstrate … how to create an eco-friendly work environment that is also cost-effective and productive.”
The colour scheme comprising warm shades of grays and whites in the office, along with the clean desk policy implemented by the company influence the work output of employees.
A Summertown Interiors blog post by Heidi Demuynck provided more insight. Unfortunately, that full post has since been removed from their site, but we held onto the following quote from it, which helps to further explain the results of the Summertown change:
Most importantly, I feel like the office environment that we now work in is much more positive…the lighting that we use now is less harsh with an abundance of natural light and open space which I have no doubt, has increased our productivity levels.
It’s not unusual to expect a leading interior design firm to operate out of a space that is both attractive and usable. However, note that both the news article and the blog talk about work output increasing as a result of these changes. Can a positive environment actually improve productivity?
Absolutely! As we have covered before, we should be conscious about what our business consultants wear to work, how we manage our clutter to improve workplace productivity, what our business consultants hang on the walls, and even our business improvement consulting services! We even discussed the concept of a “mess bias” back in the 2009 Indianapolis Productivity Summit—the condition where your desk influences what you and others believe about yourself, due in part to a phenomenon called priming for employee productivity.
Even though this isn’t a new topic for us, it’s an important one to reiterate. While altering a workspace may seem like a daunting task, the benefits can far outweigh the effort required. Some changes can directly impact a company’s bottom line, such as the resource-saving techniques implemented by Summertown. The fact that those same changes can also be environmentally responsible only further proves the benefit of adapting a workplace’s design for the better. And when those changes can be accomplished in a way that also makes a space feel less like a stuffy, stereotypically harsh office and more like a comfortable place to be productive in, then there’s no reason to hesitate when it comes to maximizing the positive aspects of a work environment.
The design of your workplace and your workflow are intimately connected. Improve your productivity and satisfaction by taking responsibility and authority over your role and your space. Work in a positive environment and have that environment work for you. Follow the example set by Summertown Interiors and prove that efficiency and positivity can go hand in hand. If the process of making these changes seems daunting, then contact our consultants at AccelaWork for more information on how to best achieve these goals at your business.