Over a quarter of office workers think they couldn’t live without technology, yet 50% say the technology used in the office is slow and outdated, according to a survey by national fit out and refurbishment specialist Overbury.
Overbury recently completed a new workspace for international travel agency Travel Counsellors at Peel’s Venus building on the outskirts of Manchester. The brief was to create a design that would encourage greater staff collaboration, increase productivity and retain and attract the very best staff.
The finished space includes two floors of open plan office space, with central breakout areas and the technology to enable agile working, as well as a recording studio for webcasts and a striking IT server room that is visible through a coloured glass pane.
Peter Knight, managing director at Overbury, said: “Technology is there to support and enable, not to anchor and dictate. Environments today need to have almost organic adaptability so that, as the trends change, the correct infrastructure is in place to cope.
“The ‘choose your own device’ trend in particular has become more popular and this is often because the technology we have at home is typically much better than standard-issue company devices or Wi-Fi infrastructure. Businesses need to create an environment that supports choice and allows people to work however they want to.
“By creating comfortable environments, as Travel Counsellors has done, people generally speaking work better or are more productive, using devices they know or want to use.”