FUTURE OF ORGANIZATIONS
June 7, 2018
June 7, 2018
Ways Companies Are Changing the Workplace
Clement Stone once said: “You are a product of your environment. So, choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Are the things around you helping you toward success — or are they holding you back?”
That’s what facilities managers and office managers around the world are asking themselves about the office spaces they’re responsible for organizing. How can they set up a space that’s not just a place to shelter all your employees, but one that’s a strategic tool for productivity, collaboration, and growth?
What makes an office environment great is different for every company. A lot of it has to do with a company’s culture and how employees there like to work. And the right office environment can set employees up with the right situation and motivation to tackle big, important projects
1) Hot-Desking – No Assigned Seating
Thanks to wireless internet, laptops, and tablets, employees are finding they don’t necessarily need to be chained to a single desk. Instead, they can move around their space more, technology in tow. And some companies have taken this to the next level by eliminating personal desks and opting for a configuration called “hot desking.”
Hot desking simply means no one in the office has an assigned desk or seating area. Instead, when you come in to work in the morning, you can sit anywhere you please — from open tables or desks set up with cables and monitors, to more public spaces like couches and chairs. For this to work, a company should take special care to create spaces in the office that can easily be reconfigured for different tasks and evolving teams.
The financial services and mobile payment company Square has done some experimentation with hot desking
2) Movable Desks
… You could do what Skullcandy did at their international office in Zurich, Switzerland, and use desks that can be reconfigured to work individually or collaboratively. Desks there fit together like puzzle pieces and can be moved, reworked, and reattached as employees see fit — a nod to the values of modern office design, which include mobility, flexibility, and collaboration.
3) Overlap Zones
Another alternative to help encourage spontaneous collaboration among your employees is designing your space to allow for “overlap zones,” which make it more likely your employees will run into each other. How do your employees move throughout the day? Where do they go? What kind of spaces would cause them to run into each other more frequently?
Research from the University of Michigan showed that when scientists worked in a space where they ran into one another — in areas known as “zonal overlap” — they were more likely to collaborate. The data suggests that creating opportunities for unplanned interactions among employees both inside and outside the organization actually improves performance.
The most creative ideas aren’t going to come while sitting in front of your monitor,” said Scott Birnbaum, a VP of Samsung Semiconductor. That’s why the folks at Samsung made plans to build an office that includes large outdoor areas sandwiched between floors that encourage employees to hang out and mingle in shared spaces. According to Birnbaum, the new space is “designed to spark not just collaboration, but that innovation you see when people collide.”
The main staircase at ad agency Grupo Gallegos’ office is another great example of a zonal overlap. To inspire more collaboration in their office, they started by knocking down walls and barriers to give more “visual connectivity. The stairway is a place where you can often find employees sitting down and having informal meetings.
4) Music Rooms
One way to boost employee productivity at the office is to foster a positive company culture. To give employees a place to blow off steam at work, why not add a music room to the mix? For the musically inclined, going into the company music room to playing music alone or with co-workers is one way to do it. (And for the non-musically inclined, let’s hope that music room is super soundproofed.)
At LinkedIn’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, employees can jam out in a music room that’s stocked with high-end music equipment like drums, guitars, keyboards, AV equipment, microphone stands, and even stage lighting. Check out the garage doors on the left in the picture below: When the weather’s nice, they can open those doors and play an open-air show.
Source and Read More – Hubspot