Workplace design strategy is the alignment of work patterns combined with the work environment to offer peak performance and reduced costs by changing the way the workspace is configured. Success in workplace strategies is dependent on the various departments such as Finance, HR and IT aligning together with a comprehensive strategy that reflects the vision, goals, and objectives of the organization.
The physical offices, cubicles, work spaces, meeting rooms, etc. have a huge impact on behavior and performance of employees. Often office designs are made without taking into account the effect it will have. But a good workplace design strategy gives companies the best return on their investments. Keeping in mind that the workplace as an asset, and as such, a lot of consideration into the goals and objectives and how to design the space to best accommodate the direction and bring the best return on the investment.
Reduce Real Estate and Facilities Costs
In the past 20 years office managers, planners, and designers have felt the pressure to develop better ways of supporting how work gets done. In 2007, the economic downturn put pressure on companies to be more effective and efficient in the cost of real estate and facilities. Because personnel is both the greatest asset and the largest expense of an organization, companies need to find ways to lower cost and increase the workforce’s performance.
Collaboration and Flexibility
Reorganizing the workplace to be geared toward collaboration and flexibility has become a major focus in today’s workplace design strategy. While professionals are spending less time in the office, the office has become the centralized location for learning and creative interactions among co-workers and this sometimes mixes work behaviors with socializing, learning and collaborating. Collaboration is goal oriented communication and the greatest benefit to workplace strategy lies in redesigning office workspaces to support how work gets done now.
Improved Work Performance
Space reduction and cost savings workplace design help to reduce facility costs. There is an aspect of high investments to begin but they are counterbalanced by cost savings, from fewer workplaces and the smaller need for office space, lower energy consumption, reduced maintenance costs, and lower cost of moving associates around the office.
The challenge is to support interactive and independent work and easily transition between the two. However, creativity, collaboration, and innovation are hard to quantify but successful design will embrace and reflect creativity in the workplaces.
Creativity & Innovation
A workspace that accommodates creativity is a bit experimental at this stage. The new workplace is productive and adjusts to the flow of the modern idea of creative work, accounting for creative workers like visual stimulation.
A well-designed office is a cost-effective way to retain employees and make them more productive. General Electric, Group Health, and Microsoft are among major organizations that are reaping bottom-line benefits of smart, work-oriented designs.
The workplace must evolve to be more supportive, flexible, innovative, and agile to keep up with the changes economically, technology, demographics and the way people work. Through workplace strategy, design, planning and management workplaces will increase the efficient and effective use of space to support workers in their performance and realize their full potential.