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.
Research shows that having an organized, decluttered space can have a positive impact on our lives. However, living a pared-down life is challenging for many. And not only for individuals, but also for companies. Just as people acquire material things over the years, so do organizations. As we’re nearing the end of 2018, it’s time to figure out what can stay and what can go.
Assembling the right team will be the first—and possibly the most important—step for achieving success with your workspace design project. Just as an A-team can make a project, an ill-fitting team can cause a lot of project headaches; potentially harming your reputation. As a result, most successful construction projects take an integrated approach to the design, build, and post-occupancy process, cementing the AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) team and subcontractors early on.
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.
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.
Collaboration, innovation, productivity and employee wellness are on top of a lot of employers mind. Companies are revamping their workplaces and integrating new design concepts to foster a productive climate while supporting their employees with warm and familiar styles. The result is the merging of residential and hospitality trends, and bringing them to the workplace.
Is your office due for a design overhaul? Before you can make a case to relocate your firm to a more desirable location or ask for funds to update your current workspace, do a deep dive into how your office can work for you to make your employees happier and your business more profitable.