Today’s knowledge workers require both collaborative (public) and focus-oriented (private) space, and these spaces need to provide the connection between function and the culture it is meant to embody. If designed effectively, the workspace can lead to improved engagement scores, increased productivity and higher work product quality.
It is estimated that over 80 percent of work is done is some form of collaborative environment. This number will continue to rise with the increase in distributed regional and global work, in addition to technology options that facilitate virtual team environments.
Millennials (born between 1980-2000) will be the dominant workforce in the economy for a long time to come. The Millennials are a big influence in promoting technology, communities and new sharing economy-based companies, and in turn those organizations aiming to attract brilliant and creative professionals will have to do the same in order to connect with them in new creative ways.
A client of ours, an established gaming company, had an overwhelming task with their existing office. Unreliable Internet and electricity connections meant their employees had to call up everyday to check if the office space would support their daily tasks and whether they should come into work that day.
We took away the burden of maintaining mundane tasks, so that they could concentrate on their core business. Below, is a case of how Indiqube co-working spaces helped them turn their work force into a highly engaged and satisfied team!
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By maximizing the potential of workplace design there are things you can do to help boost employee engagement. This means designing in what you could describe as “a resilient workplace”: one that is most likely to have a positive impact on employee engagement levels. This approach can be modified and interpreted to suit the culture of each organization and the country it operates in. No two companies are the same. But the principles are universal. Here are FOUR proven ways in which you can address the engagement gap.
1. Enable Choice and Control
Employees who have more control over various aspects of their workplace and work experience, are more engaged. Therefore, empowering people to decide where and how they will be most productive is one strategy organizations can employ.
No two days are the same for employees; sometimes they will need to do focus work, while other times they will need to collaborate. Sometimes they will prefer to be alone in a quiet space, and other times they will prefer to be in a café with people and a buzz around them. It is important to be able to choose what works best on any given day.
Technology is a critical factor in giving employees more choice and control over where and how they work.
Indiqube provides Spaces that are an “extension of you”
2. Enable Collaboration
Collaboration is key to any workplace, but the space should be designed to support a wide variety of collaboration styles as well. For example, a project room for intense activity amongst three to six people could feature a high seating position to support movement and active brain activity, with whiteboards and technology to share digital content. That will differ quite dramatically from what you need for a training session, interacting with a client or supplier, or for a videoconference with a colleague based on the other side of the globe.
Space should support those different interactions through varied working environments, allowing employees to share ideas and co-create, work in teams without being interrupted and enable a culture of creativity and innovation – whether this happens with a team physically in the room, or virtually with colleagues spread across continents and time zones.
Indiqube’s “Production ready spaces” help you achieve just this!
3. Enable Focus and Concentration
According to the University of California, we are open to distraction every three minutes, with a consequent impact on our ability to focus and concentrate. To avoid this, employees should be provided with a variety of spaces that allow concentration and personal focus. Experts agree that creating an office that is tailored to employee needs, and which provides a menu of settings is always the best solution.
4. Enable Spaces that are Social and ‘Fluid’
We are social animals. We need spaces where we can connect informally with our colleagues and have the opportunity to discuss work, either/both in a formal or informal manner. When designed effectively, these social spaces should bring to the office the same vibe and emotional comfort of a café while also offering the support required for work, through connection to technology, support of a proper physical posture and also the ability to manage visual privacy when required.
Fluid spaces provide for healthy employees and thus, engaged employees. It is therefore essential for staff to keep moving throughout the day to maintain their physical wellbeing. Space should support a diversity of postures and encourage movement
Millennials do not see the same boundaries between work life and home life that older generations did. They are constantly “connected” and working. Office location is important. They want to live and work in an urban environment without a long commute between the two. They want break out areas and soft seating to perform different tasks while in the office. Taking a break for 10 minutes to play a game and clear the mind is as important as having a standing desk for a healthier lifestyle. Top talent, expects it all.
Engagement is a complex topic, with many variables to consider. Redesigning the workplace is an important factor that can have immense impact.
The physical surroundings can shape employee behaviors, feelings and attitudes towards their employer and experiences at work. To maximize its performance, organizations must think about the workplace as an ecosystem of spaces that allow people to have choice and control over where and how they work. Only then will they feel fully supported and able to perform at their best.
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