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"Must have" for a modern company

April 18, 2014

Expert’s comment for „Gazeta Finansowa” – Eyal Litwin, CEO of Adgar in Poland: Nowadays tenants of office space pay attention not only to the rent per square metre, but also check whether a building and its surroundings create efficient working environment. A health-friendly working place is crucial both for the employer and the users of the office.

Access to natural daylight and fresh air

Features appreciated by office tenants include panoramic windows which get the sun for at least part of the day. Apart from being visually attractive, these features allow maximum utilization of natural light. From the perspective of people working inside, the more windows in a building, the better. For the comfort of employees it is also important that the windows open, at least partly, which gives them access to fresh air.

Possibility to regulate temperature separately in each room

For the well-being of employees it is crucial to be able to set temperature in the rooms where they spend 8 or more hours a day. It is not really comfortable when office space is arranged as a vast open space with no control over temperature and with windows that do not open. Air conditioning system helps to survive on hot days, however, its setting often causes conflicts within teams. This happens mainly in big rooms, where some people are freezing because a cool stream of air is directed towards them, while in another part of the same room it is difficult to stand the heat. That is why it is more comfortable to use solutions which allow to control the temperature in smaller spaces separately. Modern systems automatically switch off the air conditioning when window is open. 

Online services

Modern technologies enable tenants to directly control their working conditions via services available online, such as contact with technical support, view into the menu or placing orders in the on-site restaurant or café, booking conference rooms or “live” view from online cameras, which show traffic on the routes from the office. Such solutions make it possible to arrange different matters with no need to leave the office.

Open space and smaller rooms

Open space is more cost-efficient, that is why it is preferred by many tenants. If one decides for such option, it is recommended to minimize its potential impact on the health of employees by proper setting of desks and installing special screens as noise protection. Modern office spaces are often arranged in a 30/70 division, where 70% of the office is set up as open space, and the rest is divided into smaller rooms for team work or meetings by glass walls. Conference centres are very often present in modern office buildings, thanks to which companies can use conference rooms available there and do not have to organize bigger meetings in their office.

Ergonomics in an office

In order to minimize the effort of the spine, it is also important to arrange office space in line with the rules of ergonomics, which is the science of adapting working conditions to psychophysics of the human body. It requires (among other elements) the use of proper furniture (chairs, desks, additional pieces of furniture), proper arrangement of the workplace (screen, keyboard, mouse, etc.), proper light arrangement (light intensity, no reflections) and proper organization of a workplace. So called relaxation zones, where people can rest, gather their thoughts on comfortable sofas or poufs are becoming increasingly popular. Additionally, taking into consideration the increasing number of people who cycle to work on bike, showers in the office are also a good idea.