New technologies, the arrival of new generations in the labor market, and increasing use of social media have brought down the physical barriers of fixed offices. Workplaces are now redesigned into environments that promote creativity, innovation, collaboration and productivity. 2017 office spaces are focused on technology and opening the space for free and mobile employees. What role does the workspace play in your business? And how to activate your offices as a competitively lever for your business?
Workspace as a tool for better collaboration
Today, companies are experiencing fundamental patterns: the transition from individual to a collaborative work. Different work, mean different spaces: workspace take an increasing importance, as they become a prerequisite to collaboration. A place impossible to circumvent able to connect the people between them. Collaboration no longer happens only in specific determined place for this purpose – like meeting rooms for example, rather constantly and throughout society. Corridors, kitchen, shared offices, connected tools like social networks or collaborative apps… Collaboration is often spontaneous and informal.
If employees aspire to work collaboratively, it is not surprising that office spaces are evolving to integrate this new social aspect of today’s work. However, companies often face the question of: which arrangements should be adopted to optimize collaboration? Boosting collaboration is not an obvious process. Collaboration is a team effort between on-site and remote employees and a lot of time can be wasted in the simple search for a common space where everybody could work. By combining data accessibility, new technologies and innovative equipment, workspace(s) can become the collaborative place par excellence.
Workplace as the essence of company culture and brand
Human Spaces conducted a global survey with 7,600 office workers from 16 different countries with the purpose of better understanding the effects of work environment on workers’ well-being. Not surprisingly, the study showed that office layouts do have an impact on workers’ company’s choice.
Companies understood that the QWL (Quality of Work Life) can increase by giving more autonomy to employees and eliciting their engagement. By activating three key managerial dimensions – tasks, cooperation and governance – leaders can improve QWL and business performance: quality of life as a lever for productivity. The well-being at the workplace affects directly employees’ productivity, office space is set up in state-of-the-art technology zones to enable employees to work differently and respond to their needs in real time. QWL then rhymes with 4.0.
To promote well-being, companies also make efforts to create relaxation and entertainment spaces or to offer ancillary services (business nursery, sports hall, concierge…). Providing an innovative, safe and relaxing work environment promotes efficiency and thoughtfulness to the employee. This is an indisputable factor for a better perception of the employer-brand.
Increasing employees’ productivity by organizing workspace by usage / work patterns
Increase productivity while optimizing the working environment is possible! Open spaces, collaborative zones, mobile or high partition offices, high-rise office desks… Leaders understood the importance of an innovative workspace layout to increase employees’ efficiency and performance as well as the company’s. Indeed, more than simple square meters, today’s workspace must be an economic source of efficiency, stimulation and collaboration. “The real estate market has changed: the CEOs of large companies have realized that the workplace is a performance lever for the company and a real management tool and that a well thought space brings efficiency” as Olivier Pingeot from the Saguez Workstyle agency underlines in his interview in Launch: opening a coworking space. “Human beings, by their ideas and activity are the primary source of value-creation agents, who is the first creator of added value… It is therefore essential that the spaces should serve men and women, adapted to their needs and their uses.” he continued.
We must now rely on connected, nomadic and flexible workplaces. The use of new technologies has transformed the workplace in which nomadism is developing more and more. The nomad office (working outside its usual office, in shared offices or with remote employees) allows the company to increase productivity and save money. The employee is given autonomy and accountability. Organizing the workplace in a nomadic way means that the company opts for more communicating offices and more flexible working spaces to facilitate exchanges and travel.
 Human Spaces – Overall impact of biophysical design on the working environment. 2015
 #2 Launch: opening a coworking space, White Paper about coworking, Cowork.io – 2016
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