Workstations & Open Office Areas
Workstations and open office areas are designed to support a more collaborative office environment. Following Silicon Valley tech giants, like Google and Facebook, the open office floor plan now dominates American workplaces. According to The Washington Post, about 70% of U.S. offices have an open office floor plan. Open floor plans and areas provide opportunities for collaboration, improve transparency, eliminate many emails and phone calls, and encourage employee relationships. Cost savings and attracting millennials are also positive factors for many companies.
When GlaxoSmithKline moved its workers from cubicles and offices to open-plan work tables, “email traffic dropped by more than 50%, while decision making accelerated by some 25% because workers were able to meet informally instead of volleying emails from offices and cubes,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
Consider activity-based working:
Workplace design is changing to reflect the choices employees want, with more companies moving toward Activity-Based Working (ABW). These are task-oriented spaces designed for different types of work activities, such as quiet areas for concentration, comfortable lounges for group collaboration, and “phone booths” for private phone conversations.
A key to attracting top talent is creating a workplace where both senior leaders and young workers want to be. That’s why so many companies are moving away from traditional offices with cubical farms and corner offices. The workplace of the future offers comfortable and engaging collaborative spaces, as well as private offices and amenities like gyms and recreational spaces.
Consider collaborative spaces (aka Third Spaces):
Gen-Xers and Millennials want the company to do well, but they also want to be a strong voice in taking the company where it needs to go. To do this, create spaces for brainstorming, collaborative meetings, generating ideas, socializing and also peaceful recharging. Office environments with lots of places for casual, impromptu meetings and lots of glass, make people feel connected and invested.
Consider what employees have on their wish lists:
Here are the top 10 physical and service features that employees considered to be most important in the workplace, in order of preference:
- Functional desk
- Comfortable chair
- Tea, coffee, and other refreshment facilities
- General cleanliness
- Temperature control
- Small meeting rooms
- Restroom privacy
- Functional printing, copying and scanning equipment
- Natural light
- Nearby restaurants
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