Workspace design has become a powerful tool for modern corporations.
Research shows that workspace design is directly correlated to employee performance, job satisfaction, talent retention and the general wellbeing of employees.
Increasingly, office design has become currency when attracting new talent. Organisations like Google and Apple represent the extreme version of this evolution; their offices include sleeping pods, a wide variety of creative environments, gaming rooms, resident chefs and even a Lego room for some work-play.
Humour, creativity, fun, movement, amenities, quality food, a variety of environments, flexible hours – these are elements for companies to consider in workplace design.
It starts with identifying your goals as a company and what workspace changes will help achieve these.
Valiant’s focus is to investigate the nuances of each client’s circumstances and discuss how incremental changes can be introduced to the office space. This is where leasing becomes a powerful tool.
Leasing allows you introduce changes to your workspace without incurring the typical high costs. It is important to get a practical understanding of what works for your teams before making a purchase commitment.
In this age of digital disruption, HR managers, entrepreneurs, company owners, and office managers face a number of work place design challenges.
Among these, three themes stand out – bridging generational gaps, managing different work styles, mitigation of unhealthy work habits.
In bridging generational gaps, there is a need to find the right balance that allows Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, Xennials, and Millennials to work together harmoniously in the same office.
There are differences in work habits and behaviours of each generation which can be mitigated with well-planned office spaces.
On the other hand, catering to different work styles means the creation of a variety workspace environments design for optimal productivity.
From the creation of breakout spaces, privacy nooks, and hot-desking, there is a lot of research supporting the benefits of creating different workspaces. The growing number of organisations applying work-style based office design is a testament to its effectiveness.
Lastly, the demand for healthier work arrangements has grown and continues to grow. With the growing number of lifestyle-related illnesses linked to unhealthy work habits and long office hours, there is more clamour for workspaces designed to promote health and wellness.
It has never been more important for businesses to have a palette of environments that cater for the whole team. While there is no set formula to achieving this, case studies on workplace design are good benchmarks and sources of ideas.
There are many exciting possibilities. It’s a matter of determining the optimal solution for your team.
Whether your aim is to transition to an activity-based workspace, a hybrid arrangement of work areas, or to promote health and wellness, leasing allows for flexibility and experimentation.
The temporary arrangement allows you to observe the impact of the office changes and to make informed decisions for the next steps.
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