What we do

Look at what you have, but don’t necessarily copy it

Looking at what you have is a vital part of this process, however, when studying your current set-up it may well be the case that what you have isn’t right. If it was 100% right, you may not actually be moving.

Within Workplace Design this is a relatively new market, but one that almost every client we work with wants to investigate. This is the science part, this is where we learn who you are and how you operate in your current space. You could argue that looking at your current operation is pointless, as you already know that you want to move or refurbish because things aren’t working or you’re full.

However, when you do a Workplace Study, you are daily analysing the utilisation of spaces for up to a month, this captures trends and flows which in turn help you to establish how your space is being used. We need to know how you work and understand your occupancy ratio (amount of people actually using desks) so

For example, you think that you are full, so decide to take on new office space. You have 100 people, and want to grow by 20% needs 120 desks…? The Workplace Study checks and counts the utilisation of the desking. More often than not finds that 70% of the desks are actually only used permanently. 30% of your staff are rarely at their desk or use different spaces to work. Not if you’re at 70% occupancy, you may find that you actually only need the 100 desks that you already have, but need to create some alternative work spaces for the 30% to use ad-hoc.

The survey is also great for determining meeting room usage, as most clients will tell us that they don’t have enough meeting rooms, so factor in to their new building search additional meeting room space. The Workplace Study however finds out that your 20-person Boardroom in being used 90% of the time for 2-person meetings and your 8-person rooms only ever have 4-6 people in them.

The Workplace Study will give you and your team facts about the usage of your current space to better inform the Space Planning. Even if it only defines your occupancy ratio.

Workplace Consultancy Services

Besides the obvious benefits that come with a contemporary workplace design – like increased staff productivity, well-being and loyalty – if you are inviting prospective clients or employees to your workplace, it is paramount that your office accurately reflects your brand style and values.

Our workplace consulting services extensively analyse how you utilise your current space, and our findings can highlight your office’s trends and flows, revealing not only how your employees work but also how they use the workspace – taking into consideration elements like occupancy ratio, which varies throughout the working day.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Office Space Do You Need?

There is no simple answer to this. Merely taking a head-count and assigning each person a desk, is a poor way to examine this. Multiply the number of people by desk size, add the extra space for conference rooms and other amenities and before you know it, you’re paying through the nose for added space you don’t use.

In the modern workplace, not every employee is using their designated desks, at least not at the same time. Some employees could be out meeting clients; working elsewhere in the building; some away on holiday; or even away on sick leave. Therefore, if you have a hundred desks for the same number of employees, our consulting team might find that only 70% of those desks are permanently in use. We would put the remaining 30% of desk space to better use and potentially save you from an unnecessary, and expensive, relocation.

Does Your Current Workplace Attract And Retain Talent?

Your workplace plays a significant role in staff retention figures. If it’s dreary and depressing and thirty years behind, both technologically and stylistically, what chance do you stand against a contemporary workspace that boasts high-specs, innovative design, and adapts to the different tasks of the job. Attracting and retaining talented employees may prove harder for you, and they may be inclined to join your competitors.

Your workplace should reflect your brand’s ethos. If your company is eco-conscious, it should use eco-friendly design elements. If your company is unconventional in its business approach, it should avoid the overly traditional design, that employees very quickly grow tired of, and instead flourish as a creative space whereby critical thinking encourages talented minds to educate and inspire one another. Agile working is more important now than ever and is encouraged by many of the worlds biggest companies. Nobody wants to be tied down to a rigid schedule and a fixed desk. A more open, flexible work environment attracts and retains workers more successfully than standard office designs, and instilling this work style in your new office ensures that you stand out as an industry leader amongst your competitors.

Should You Relocate Or Refurbish Your Current Office?

To relocate or refurbish is a big decision to make. Relocating can be a convoluted, stressful process. If you have already negotiated the move, you can’t simply copy and paste the old office to the new one, and nor should you. There are always improvements to make, and your new office should coincide with a new design and incorporate creative space solutions to maximise its potential. Here at Maris, we outline the potential costs and variables to fully inform you to make a calculated judgment on whether an office relocation or refurbishment is best suited to your needs and company goals.

Do You Need An Architect For Your Office Project?

There is little room for error if you have architectural expertise on board. After the consultation process (whether you’ll opt to relocate or refurbish), the architect’s expert hand and strong attention to detail guarantee a high-spec design of your luxury office space, and their proficiency ensures that your unique requirements are met. Fortunately, our Management Consultants can help you to find just the right architect for your project, enabling you to create a workplace that meets a wide range of commercial needs.

We are truly fascinated by people and their behaviour, and the workplace is the perfect way in which to explore how we can create a more cohesive environment. A successful workplace is one in which everyone is productive, energised but above all really wants to be part of, day in and day out. Our passion for the workplace and innovation within the workplace drives us to to think, read, listen and see many experiences with a common thread, people.

Colin Owen

Creative Director