How an Office in Croydon Can Communicate Company Values

As people start returning to the office and spending more time in the physical workplace, employers need to ensure that the workplace is able to keep everyone productive and engaged so that the transition back is a smooth one.
A company culture of safety and supportiveness is vital. There also needs to be an underlying alignment with the company’s mission and values to prompt feelings of inclusivity and appreciation.

Here we look at how the choice of office and location - and its layout and design - can be used to communicate company values effectively and why that’s so important. We’ll also explore how, when choosing a location for an office, Croydon could prove an astute decision.

Why are company values important, and how can they be communicated through the workplace?

Company values are more crucial now than they have ever been. They set the tone for how employees communicate with clients and each other. It is vital, though, that the values are shared openly amongst the staff, so they are fully aware of the driving force behind the business and familiar with its culture.

Core values make a business unique and communicate its identity. They are essential for employees because knowing why the company does what it does - and why it was established - helps give them a sense of purpose.

This sense of purpose is shared across the workforce and serves to unite everyone. So, it creates a bond that buoys focus and ambition, as well as driving team performance.

It is imperative to realise that these days, especially in the wake of the pandemic, the office is not just a physical place to get work done. It is somewhere that provides an enriching environment, where people can collaborate, socialise, support and learn from each other, and share ideas, aspirations and views. Somewhere people value being, even in the age of remote working.

The way an office is laid out and its features can significantly impact creating a supportive, productive, and engaging culture.

It can also support a brand and tell a story, something that’s vital for reputation building.

Automated workspace and meeting room bookings

Powered by Internet of Things (IoT) technology and a sensor network, smart workspace booking systems can show what’s free and where. In addition, they deliver helpful information such as the features offered by each room or workspace and whether they have recently been sanitised and are ready for use.

The systems also flag up when rooms or spaces are ready for cleaning, allowing operatives to be called upon automatically.

When combined with other smart building features, for example visitor management systems, contactless access control and refreshment ordering, the whole process of work and meeting space management becomes conveniently automated. Limiting booking volumes for specific sized spaces is particularly useful after the pandemic to meet distancing guidelines and make staff feel safe.

How to make your office space reflect your company values?

The steps you take to ensure your workspace reflect your company values will, of course, very much depend upon the values themselves.

If, for example, one of your core values is putting customers at the heart of all you do, then you’ll want to choose an office space that is welcoming for visitors, perhaps with a hospitable reception area. Some office spaces offer staffed receptions which will make meet-and-greet so much easier for your organisation. Others will have integrated smart sign-in and intelligent wayfinding systems so that visitors can enjoy a contact-free reception experience without feeling lost.

Companies that focus on staff well-being and development may choose an office in a location that provides a straightforward commute, ample parking, bicycle storage or free bicycle hire, for example. They will also favour workspaces situated close to green spaces where staff can take time out or feature breakout, focus areas and other home comforts and social spaces, such as kitchens or onsite restaurants, plus showers and locker rooms.

Anything that promotes workplace well-being, such as smart controlled or user-controlled lighting and ambient temperature, will also support staff-centric company culture, as will flexibility around when and where staff work and an environment that allows for activity-based working.

Social distancing detectors

Social distancing is currently a vital government guideline for the workplace in the fight against COVID-19, but it also makes people safer at work and will help ease the move back to the office.

Social distancing detectors make it possible to track people getting too close to each other and notify them before this happens. What’s more, the data collected can aid employers to make decisions as to how to adjust workplace layouts to make the most of space.

Amazon is currently using such a tool and has brought machine learning technology specialists on board to capture opportunities in real-time about improving social distancing in their buildings.

Indoor air quality monitoring

A building’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) has the responsibility of ensuring that the correct temperature, air quality, and humidity conditions are present in the workplace. Healthy buildings and workplace well-being depend upon good indoor air quality. It is doubly important to make as much as possible out of the insights gleaned from these systems to ensure workplace safety in light of the pandemic.

HVAC systems can control disease transmission via various means, including particle filtration, and temperature and relative humidity management. IoT-powered smart HVAC systems allow for standards of indoor air quality to be regulated and healthy levels maintained. Artificial intelligence makes detection of dangerous levels of particulates possible, triggering warnings to vacate the premises or automated changes to the HVAC system to deal with issues head-on.

Looking to express your company values through a well-chosen office? Croydon could prove the ideal location

There are many reasons why the savvy business owner chooses Croydon as a central southeast location. As one of London’s fastest-growing economies, it has benefited from significant infrastructure investment. Its title of London Borough of Culture 2023 is a testament to the extensive choice of arts and leisure facilities to be enjoyed by those living and working in the area.

Croydon is also a residential hotspot, so for the employer with staff already living in the locality, it’s a great match and ticks the simple-commute box with ease.

If you’re looking for a modern, refurbished office, Croydon makes a top choice, if not just for its landmark building, Corinthian House. This iconic block in the centre of the townhouses has a selection of comprehensively refurbished offices, with both flexible and traditional lease options offered.

Features include:

  • A welcoming, remodelled reception
  • Onsite parking
  • Excellent natural light
  • Fresh air ventilation and opening windows
  • High-quality kitchenettes
  • Locker room and showers and an enviable location directly opposite East Croydon Station and BOXPARK Croydon

Are you interested to learn more about this golden opportunity to rent an office in Croydon? Why not speak to our helpful team today to discover how a serviced office at Corinthian House could work for your business? We look forward to showing you around.