Workspace Transformation: Find Efficiency in Creativity
- by Career Moves HR
- 2 Oct 2018
In recent years, organisations are presenting a shift towards softer benefits for employee wellbeing. One of the biggest factors within redesigning organisational culture to encourage innovation, technology, and creativity, lie with the workspace itself.
Fundamental workspace reconfiguration stretches beyond clever interior design, and focuses on smaller details, such as visual representations of company values, increased workspace flexibility, and dedicated areas to encourage teamwork, creativity, and originality.
Throughout business sectors, we are witnessing distance from static workplace designs, and witnessing company investment to improve workspace facilities and encourage better workflow. These noticeable shifts in workplace initiatives tap into holistic approaches to workspace changes to drive new, positive, behaviours from employees and stakeholders.
These workspace initiatives are encouraging improved staff productivity, organisation agility, and staff morale through advocating for healthy, efficient, and comfortable working environments.
As we experience the current workspace revolution, what measures can your company adopt?
Signalling Company Culture Through Visual Cues
Workspaces designed to visually represent a company’s core values aid collaboration throughout the organisation by unifying employees. Reconfiguring areas to reflect innovation and the origin of creativity, add to a company’s cultural requirements through infusing the area with positive company energy. Simple environmental factors met when individuals enter the company building can influence their perception of your company and through creating an environment that is representative of your company’s inner workings, through colour and ambiance, you offer
Create Dedicated Space for Innovation, Creativity, and Collaboration
Breakout spaces that promote internal communications and organisational agility, through moveable desks and creative open spaces, offers interdepartmental collaboration. These agility exe3rcises, and areas that members across the company can come together to work on projects, allows increased workflow as the logistics of certain items can be worked on together, without the email to-and-fro. Although organisational agility breaks down traditional workplace processes that deliver results from one department for approval or amendments from the next, these amendments can be addressed in the first meeting through interdepartmental input, therefore increasing project efficiency.
As workplace flexibility increases, companies begin to accommodate the importance of technology to integrate communication between those who work remotely and those internal within the office. During these technological exchanges, the human element to interaction can be lost. In these scenarios, we are witnessing increased investment in video communication to reengage the human presence. Today we live in a world with global access to data and communication abilities, yet we need to communicate over vast distances and still develop relationships with individuals as the role human interaction plays in a technological world will only increase in importance during time.
Building workspaces to function with greater efficiency, productivity, and creativity, produces better workflow that focuses on increased human interaction. A stronger culture is created through enabling company members to engage with each other across ‘team lines’ and pre-empt speed bumps later in the process through addressing issues within the first instance. These tactics increase communication, increase engagement, and ensures that company energy and culture flows between organisational areas, increasing company efficiency through simple soft office benefits.