Have you noticed how the nature of your surroundings can affect your mood and influence your behavior? From the colors to the furniture components and the quality of light to the movement of people, there are multiple factors involved in our experience of a space. Technology is now a major part of these factors.
The leaps and bounds by which technology is advancing has already changed the way we live and it is gradually overhauling how we work. Traditional methods of working are being forced to evolve because there is so much more research on human nature and what assists better productivity and more creativity. In technology driven businesses, hierarchical structures are softening to a more inclusive and open way of working. Tremendous value has been found in the collaborative approach versus the traditional one. Creating open lines of communication across different levels in management and workers, allowing for brainstorming sessions that support innovation and creative thinking across the workforce, is now being prioritized. And companies can also benefit from an accelerated decision-making process.
It is a fact that we have never had more information at our disposal. Not just about ourselves, but about the world, new trends and of course, our competitors. To be able to constantly stay at the forefront of the race, every industry needs to invest in energized and resilient manpower. The health and well-being of their employees are finally priorities to any company that wants to be a leader in its field.
In these hyper-connected times of constant communication, there is also an increased consciousness about the different personality types that encompass a truly successful workforce. Spaces must be created for all kinds of people, helping them to be productive while at the same time challenging them to collaborate, mature and expand their repertoire. While a company may be tempted to tear down all the walls in an attempt to unify employees with the feeling of a level “work field”, this is not always the best solution. It would swiftly be followed by agitated employees yearning for some quietness when a task requires increased concentration. The crucial part is finding the balance that can facilitate both environments.
First and fore-most the business and company goals need to be identified and clearly defined before any extreme measures to alter a work place are pursued. After the goals are set and the company ‘culture’ is manifested, only then does it make sense to translate them to tangible, physical workspaces. When an office design successfully reflects the way in which its users work, improved performances inevitably follow.
Flexible office spaces, co-working or group discussion rooms, chance encounter zones (usually centered around a common social activity between different departments – like coffee or recreation), silent areas and multi-purpose zones are different means being used to tackle effective office design. In times when people need to be forced to unplug and have face-to-face conversations, the ‘cubicle culture’ of the 1980s is slowly becoming a thing of the past. The value in collaboration and openness over isolation has been proved. Companies are more aware now that an employee’s mental, physical and emotional wellbeing all play an important role in their overall efficiency. Interior designers and planners have the power to intuitively use their skills, not only to create beautiful spaces, but also to assist a business in creating workplaces that directly improve their overall output and market success.
Citadel can help you meet the twin objective of finding the best fit space to cater to the unique needs of your business and work culture through our advisory services. Our project management services can further help you achieve the right fitment along with sound advice on work floor design.