The way in which we work is changing. Advances in technologies means that the concept of an ‘office space’ is redefined through mobile technology, cloud-based tools and virtual infrastructures.
A globalised marketplace and workforce often demands an ‘always-on’ culture along with increasingly changing expectations and preferences by staff; wanting more flexibility and meaning in the work that they do, plus working spaces that support different work/life balances.
Last year, Virgin Group held what it called a “corporate day”, where employees had to behave in the way many traditional firms demand; formal office wear, set times, titles, no social media or personal calls. It was done to reflect on the contrast in ways in which different organisations still work. Sir Richard Branson has long believed that making a work place a nice place to be, offering flexibility to dress down, work from home or part-time, or take unpaid leave if they wish, more staff will be attracted and retained.
Whether your organisation is at one end of the spectrum or the other, when it comes to refitting your workspace how can you best future proof it for ‘agile working’?
- Think about multi-use spaces: Making the most of a space often needs a holistic view of what the square footage could offer; be that breakout, meeting, work station or creative spaces. Partitions and dividers can keep spaces flexible and furniture that can move/change to suit different needs can also be used.
- Space that fits working practice: Open plan can work extremely well for teams, but equally where calls or private meetings are needed, space must reflect the processes and practices of work life. Whilst some of these can be revitalised and chased with new spaces, ignoring working practice can be a costly mistake.
- Space to suit 24/7: Providing pods for naps, social spaces, flexible spaces for eating and working at different times in the day may not suit all businesses, but increasingly (and especially in attracting Millenials to the workforce) organisations are getting creative in their approach to office spaces.
- Give it light: People want spaces that are comfortable to work in, encourage productivity and the access of natural and artificial light is a major consideration. Glass partitions are an increasingly popular way to break up space whilst helping to keep a level of light throughout an office.
- Don’t forget interiors: Generic office spaces are ever-increasing due the breadth of stylish interiors that are affordable and help to improve productivity and reflect organisations’ brands. Furniture, dynamic screens, colours and signage can all be used to make offices stand-out from the competition; impacting both staff retention and productivity.
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