Business owners often ask us how office workspace design can help them improve productivity.
Usually, it’s our Florida real estate leasing agents who answer the question for companies in the process of expanding and/or finding new office space.
Well, the timing is perfect if you are one of those who want to design your office in a way that maximizes the efficiencies of the space and boosts productivity while keeping costs down. The Y Generation (born between 1979-1995) is making an impact on the workforce and, in case you haven’t noticed, they work and process information differently than those of us who’ve been around awhile…or quite awhile! Their style, thanks to computers and mobile technology, is more dynamic, on the move, and increasingly human (today’s technology demands connectivity).
So, how do we tap into that energy and keep it buzzing at top speed?
First, get the conversation going: What does productivity look like for your organization or business and can you measure it?
The answer to that question determines the overall function of the workspace by identifying the highest valued activities. In a recent survey, a majority of respondents said that Thinking, Talking and Brainstorming are the most valuable activities for their companies. Today’s workforce thrives with Creative Collaborations, Concentrated Work and Face-to-Face Interactions, which generate insight, enable solutions and facilitate the flow of ideas. Possible office workspace design strategies are:
- Collaborative hubs at natural gathering points to promote interaction
- Creating no-phone zones in low circulation pathways to support better concentration
- Providing White Boards and “Idea Paint” in designated “Think Tank” areas to stimulate visual collaboration and conversation
Allen Morris Senior Vice President, Thad Adams, is well-versed in office workspace design, often helping clients save money by assisting in an analysis of productivity values. “Companies used to determine how much square footage they needed by the number of employees. But, that’s no longer a smart math equation to follow since the needs have shifted to larger collaborative areas and multi-purpose rooms,” said Adams.
Here are some examples of new office workspace design trends: