As we consider the future of the workplace and what that looks like, during an interview on Ian King’s Sky News show our CEO JP emphasised that we need to protect the sanctuary of our homes.
While we expect to see working from home become one of many ways of working, and for some, understand it's a fairly new adjustment for some businesses, there is still a desire and need for a central workplace.
A future-proofed workplace design that caters to the different needs and working styles of its employees, will feature multiple working environments is proven trend phenomenon known as Activity Based Working (ABW) - our prediction is it’s here to stay.
Working from home offers a comfortable and peaceful environment which can be great for focused time, however having employees separate for long periods of time can lead to a breakdown in communication, isolation and silos within teams. Creating multiple environments under one roof preserves and incubates company culture and makes for streamlined and often unplanned communication that leads to problem solving and those all-important lightbulb moments.
ABW gives employees the chance to work in a way that suits them at that particular time. Ever struggled to find an hour of quiet time in a traditional open plan office? Or can’t find space for an informal brainstorm with your team? Whether it’s less distractions or more cooperation, ABW caters for types of working and personality types.
A lack of control and power at work was one of the leading causes of burnout at work according to a Clockify. Providing the freedom to work how and where an employee wants puts the ownership on them to deliver what they need to deliver in a way that suits them. It's all about trust and empowerment which both contribute to talent retention and acquisition and of course, engagement.
‘The competition to hire the best will increase in the years ahead. Companies that give extra flexibility to their employees will have the edge in this area.’ – Bill Gates, Co-Founder of Microsoft
Booths provide a relaxed space for collaboration and a break from benched desking.
Excellent for introverts and those easily distracted who need to focus. These spaces are also excellent to join virtual meetings without disturbing colleagues.
A tech and distraction free space that employees can share with others so they don’t feel too isolated but provides the opportunity to focus.
Prevent grouping around desks by providing break out spaces and collaboration zones. We have introduced these in our own office on every floor.
A variety in meeting room styles encourage different forms of collaboration and communication. Boardroom tables have a time and a place and sofa seating with soft furnishings are great spaces for creative thinking and interviews for businesses with a casual culture.
Through analysis of how your employees use your space, what percentage of the space is needed for varying sized meetings, and how your team collaborate with each other lead to understanding how your space should work for your people, and support your business strategy.
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