The Way A Workspace Feels Is Just As Important As The Way It Looks
Once upon a time the average work environment was very impersonal and lacked connotation. Now, all over the world, the idea of what a professional work environment should be has evolved — coupled with the way that people work within these environments. Organizations realized that designing a space that is conducive to its employee’s well-being, creativity as well as their potential, is of high importance. When the traditional workspace became obsolete, so did the idea of what a quality workspace looked and felt like. The feel of an environment has become an equally important component when designing a space.
What once was, has now transformed — leaving businesses to think outside of the box when it comes to reconfiguring a space or designing it from the ground up. It is no longer just a strong emphasis on the way a workplace looks; now days it is about more. It’s all about cultivating sustainable spaces that empower those who work within those spaces — finding a balance between what feels good coupled with what looks good — making our areas more about the experience. While in the same fashion, forming ways to increase employee productivity through well-crafted furniture intuitively. Developing open spaces that not only encourage collaboration but equally encourages flexibility. Curating these types of experiences begins with understanding that employees individually and collectively have diverse ways of being productive. Think of developing spaces that are tailor-made for those who thrive best solo. While also catering to those who thrive best while collaborating.
Understanding the complexities that go into developing a highly functional, yet flexible work environment is a crucial component for any major organization. Whether your business is a Fortune 500 company or startup, employee engagement and satisfaction is highly dependent on space design. Yes, the demands and requirements for each business vary but one fact remains, where you work is about more than the look. If done right, a quality space alters the way you think, it can shift the way you feel, how you collaborate with others and can change your overall mood for the better while working. Great spaces are bold and daring. A great space not only inspires you, but it challenges you to go beyond what you envision to be a “traditionally standard” office space.
The design industry has evolved beyond the world filled with workspaces that prevent us from maximizing our full potential. Long gone are the spaces that minimized our ability to be creative and be harmoniously collaborative with our peers. Our business has become all about providing our employees and clients with the fundamentals to transform their current space into an environment that fosters connectedness and inspiration for every employee, no matter their role or job title. Visually, the workplace should enhance the way we create, think and inspire us to be intentional about all the work that we produce. Physically, the workplace should encourage wellness, comfortability, and functionality.
An average person spends one-third of their life at work. Work-life balance isn’t just a buzz-word anymore; it’s now a key performance indicator for the success of your company. There is a myriad of factors to employee success when we think of environments/surroundings. Whether large or small, yet meaningful modifications can be made to achieve an optimal workspace that results in a high-performing work environment.
There are so many benefits of effective workplace design – going beyond what space looks like and adding feeling through concepts. Enhanced collaboration, increased productivity, encouraging well-being, inspiring more creativity, are all methods to increase retention through a healthier and happier work environment. We did some research on our own and found a great article from Forbes that is an excellent resource for pointers if you’re looking to upgrade your current space.