Goodbye Office, Welcome Work Space

//Goodbye Office, Welcome Work Space

“You are a product of your environment, so choose the environment that will allow you to develop the best to achieve your goal. What surrounds you leads to success, or does it move you away? “(W. Clement Stone)

The importance of the workplace understood as a physical space; a workplace has become increasingly essential in the organization of companies and companies. Over time, the new awareness has emerged about the innovative office as a strategic tool for productivity, collaboration, and growth.

Of course, for every business, there are different features to keep in mind, but the right office can really make the difference for the workers, placing them in a more motivating environment to face big challenges and new projects.

According to a recent Sodexo report, among the ten trends in workplaces for 2017, three important factors need to be considered:

1. The increase in collaboration within co-working spaces that nowadays act at a new level, as it is no longer a mere place to share physical space and resources, but also a tool for interaction among workers encouraging new approaches to solve complex problems every day from different business projects.

2. The management of the physical space and the use of technology in the workplace allow workers to experience their environment in a new way to optimize the interior spaces can afford to support the work also outside of the walls of the offices. Cloud and smart working are just some of the examples from which to go.

3. Preventing health problems through ergonomic workstations, medical visits and a new approach to the physical and psychological well-being of employees may have a positive effect on the community in which the company operates. Even the workplace can become a place to take care of people.

Starting from these premises, we have selected three exemplary workplaces from which to draw inspiration, not only in terms of technology but for a comprehensive review of corporate culture.

The best-known example, the Google model

Speaking of Innovative Bureaus Google is probably the exemplary example. Here the spaces are designed to stimulate creativity and side thinking, to find new solutions to problems not yet addressed.

This is the first company that has promoted its home-based workplace for employees: billiards and bowling billiards, the ability to eat and play sports in the corporate spaces, the armchairs designed for relaxation that stimulates productivity.

Credits: Glassdoor

For this reason, in 2016 Google (Alphabet) was at the top of the list compiled by Business Insider on the 50 best companies to work in the United States.

The innovative office becomes a flywheel for greater creativity, productivity, and well-being of employees and their families.

The collaborative

If collaboration is the keyword for the new approach to work, flexibility is what will characterize spaces in the perspective of the innovative office. Even apparently rigid locations can adapt and move for a worker’s empowerment.

In the rooms dedicated to research and learning, North Carolina State University has a mix of private collaborative halls. These are informal spaces where classic reading rooms and furnishings can be used to invent a completely personal environment.

Thanks to the flexibility of the spaces, companies can respond to the need for team collaboration, and architects need to be addressed during the space design phase.

According to a study published by the Harvard Business Review, when workers do not have an assigned desk, the interaction between people grows by 17% : the ideal medium way is to not completely eliminate the seats assigned to the office but to vary team building over time, or using mobile desks to respond to the different projects you are working on.

Flexibility, technological innovation, collaboration, eco-sustainability and green spaces. After you know these trends for the innovative office, what do you think? What other aspects of workplaces should change companies in the near future to allow workers to be even more productive?

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By |2017-12-06T16:32:17+00:00December 6th, 2017|Lifestyle|2 Comments

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  1. Joan Miguel Siso Yancen December 21, 2017 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    It’s intriguing how does a good workplace help to keep a good productivity and increase the skills development of the workers. In my opinion, stimulating the creativity through an adecuated workplace is the best way to obtain an efficient performance instead of forcing employees to do a job in the most difficult way causing bad results in the career of the company. This article helps us to realize how does a company have to drive their employees within a professional outline considering the getting of good results and the maintenance of the high and productive attitude. Good post!

  2. Daniel Ogeto O. December 31, 2017 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this interesting lifestyle tips for the modern workplace employee and employer. For many of us, few rooms invite envy like your boss’s corner office. It has a desk that’s bigger than your cubicle, a great view and a nameplate on the door. The room is ridiculously big, and that’s the point — the extra space marks his/her status. Proponents of the “non-territorial” office, as some call it, claim that on any given day, as much as half of the desks in “seated entitlement” (read: traditional) workplaces go unused, as employees go to offsite meetings, see clients, take their breaks or are absent on sick days. The open office has brought to the forefront the importance of small collaboration spaces. With the great absorption of digital technology at the workplace, with more employees connecting through task orientation, the demand for concentration space and small rooms for impromptu meetings is on the rise. Attractive as they might sound, alternative workspaces are also far from a one-size-fits-all solution to cities’ energy waste and urban sprawl woes. No employer that pays by the hour could let workers show up whenever they liked. Many businesses still couldn’t do without decades of accumulated paper files. By adopting a modern workplace design, companies can reduce the amount of necessary space by as much as 50 percent and lower their real estate costs by as much as 40 percent. Employees who work in a comfortable environment with many of the amenities they find at home generally are willing to work longer hours and are more likely to stay energized.

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