“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.
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.
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?