Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of speaking with our bright colleagues at OfficeSpace Software — a facility management software provider that manages the blog Workplace Unplugged.
It’s been an exciting year for the workplace industry. Companies are getting more expressive and designing their workplaces to better align with their company values, mission and culture. They understand that their employees are their greatest assets and as a result, are designing their offices to enhance the workplace experience.
While many of us are logging longer hours and having our phones at arm’s reach 24/7, we’re becoming disconnected from nature and disengaged with our surroundings. But trading outdoor activities with marathon desk sessions doesn’t mean we have to work in an enclosed shell.
Ergonomics is the art of designing a workplace that prioritizes humans and their needs. This human-centric approach is rooted in a scientific discipline and is an important part of workplace optimization best practices.
Well-designed open plan offices can be extremely effective for improving employee satisfaction when combined with closed spaces; especially, when tailored to a business’ unique culture. However, open office plans have their distractors with studies citing lower employee performance, among other push backs and issues. We believe open offices have an important place as part of a more balanced approach — a concept that leverages the best benefits of both open and closed workplace design elements.
Financial tech services firm Capital One recently released their 2018 Work Environment Survey. Polling 3,500 full-time employees across 5 major markets, with a subset nationwide, the company delved into the impact of workplace design on their productivity, creativity, and satisfaction. Conducted by Wakefield Research, they uncovered three key insights that architects, designers and furniture makers and providers, ought to consider when coming up with workplace solutions.
It’s the dog days of summer but we’re not letting the heat get us down. In fact, we’re marveling at the incredible workspace design coming out of California. And in the spirit of summertime, we’ve put together a collection of blue office ideas.
For 30+ years, we have been working on commercial workplace projects, from Fortune 500’s to emerging biotech start-ups. In recent years, we have seen a shift in workplace design, moving away from a one-size fits all model to a more inclusive, adaptable style. Whether it’s a ground-up project or a relocation, these three trends are redefining the office and putting the spotlight on employee comfort.
A new academic study finds that open office plans are not effective for promoting collaboration, but more agile offices that embody a more balanced blend of private and collaborative space are more effective for productivity.