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.
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.
Electro Rent, the world’s largest test equipment services company, moved their American Headquarters to the Corporate Pointe at West Hills, a 10-building campus-style setting on 80 acres. They were seeking a dynamic workspace to facilitate collaboration and also provide an ergonomic and healthy environment for their employees.
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.
Come join me at the IFMA Silicon Valley Chapter meeting on March 14th, 2018 for an exciting event that I am planning and serving as co-chair for the meet and greet.
Healthy indoor environments are no longer an extra; they’re becoming a standard in office design. From Fortune 500’s to boot-strapped start-ups, companies are designing or retrofitting their campuses and office buildings into innovative, sustainable workspace design as a way to attract and retain talent. Employees see green as a given and expect a healthy, environmentally responsible work environment.