Problems With Old School Office Design

The way we do business has changed completely in comparison to twenty years ago; however for many, the places we do business in have not.  These days, innovation seems to be encouraged everywhere, apart from in office design.

Many companies are stuck in the past, refusing to take onboard contemporary office design ideas and insisting that the old school way of working is the most efficient.

Here are four reasons why they are wrong.

Employees’ health and productivity

In the past, many office designers didn’t factor in the importance of employees’ health, with light and ventilation often being secondary priorities.

A perfect example of this lack of planning is the excessive use of florescent lighting in older office buildings. This has since proved to be damaging to both productivity and workers’ health.

More traditional offices also refused to take on the task of designing the space ergonomically for both convenience and time saving.

If you want to retain both productive and healthy employees, a movement away from this outlook is essential.


Going greener not only reduces your carbon footprint, it is a handy way to reduce costs.

Most old school offices aren’t designed to efficiently maximise heat and light retention.

Therefore, you will often end up spending any money you save from not renovating on extra energy bills.

So veering away from offices designed for functionality, rather than sustainability can not only help you save the planet, it can also save a few quid in your budget.

UK design companies can give you guidance on the various grants and subsidies available in Britain.

Worker’s enthusiasm

Many of your employees will have friends who work in cool and trendy office spaces, such as Google and Facebook.

They will be hearing how these new, innovative offices are designed to get the best out of the workforce and they will want to be part of that.

By creating a similar sort of space, which fits in with your company’s ideals, you can regain any lost enthusiasm in workers who feel like their workplace is stuck in a rut.


Back in the day, the most important thing when designing an office was to have enough space to fit every single one of the workers.

That has changed dramatically in recent times – now the essential thing is to create an environment that gets the most from those workers.

Old school designs didn’t take into account that creative spaces may help creatives, but damage those whose work requires clear and concise focus. A new design could be the answer to getting the most from your workforce and creating a workplace that suits both your employees and your business.