We’ve all seen offices that do more -- they crackle with energy. Those spaces aren’t left to chance, instead, they’re designed for success. Figuring out a productive workspace configuration doesn’t require a psychic consultation or the most expensive lease out there; it is more scientific than what it looks like on the surface. Branding walls and huddle rooms may seem like optional details, but office layout and design can have a measured effect on work productivity.
Roles are evolving and the nature of the work we all do is changing. Reflecting on the need for heightened collaboration and improved working relationships, open plan formats are trending along with activity-based workspaces. Huddle rooms serve in-office meeting needs, and virtual team rooms facilitate global interactions, the changing patterns of flex-time employees, or off-site contributors.
Your workspace should be designed to support the four work modes of productive employees:
Focus mode: In this mode, employees need quiet time to focus, free from distraction. The individual employee controls their time, project, and workspace. There’s time to contemplate, analyze, and strategize. The space needs for this mode include a spot that is tranquil and interruption-free, a shared space partitioned to shield users from distractions, and a designated private space.
Learning mode: This mode offers a time to build on ideas and an opportunity to share “tribal knowledge.” Connecting staff at multiple levels of experience requires a space equipped with technology to visualize information, support brainstorming, and idea-building; this allows for layering analog and digital information.
Collaboration mode: In this mode, it’s time to generate ideas and put them into action. It’s an opportunity for teams to gather and co-create, building accountability among team members. To accomplish this, space needs to be accessible to teams of 3 to 9. This enables teams to work together without disrupting others’ workflow and leverages opportunities for collaboration throughout the day.
Social mode: For moments of sharing and gathering, this mode offers time to connect with colleagues and an opportunity to build trust and share knowledge. Space needs include a comfortable environment to stimulate casual conversation, with the potential for critical connections, work developments, and innovation.
With options for workspace strategic planning, office reconfiguration, and even data-based tech solutions to manage your day-to-day needs, Apex Facility Resources believes in long-term partnerships to help maximize efficiency and productivity, and focus on the business that sets your company apart from the competition. Contact us for specific consultations and projects.
For more information, check out our article on Workplace Productivity.