In 21st century everyone is in a race.
Companies are in a race to stay ahead of competition. Employees are in a race to earn more and grow fast.
To stay ahead in this race companies need to attract good talent. They do it by offering good salaries and challenging assignments. The companies that understand the importance of retaining the right talent also focus on creating a conducive work environment.
That is when workplace design comes in picture. A good workplace is one that enthuse an employee to get up every day and be excited to come to work.
When an employee is excited to come and work, she is able to be productive and this adds to a company revenues and profits.
So clearly it makes business sense for a company to invest in workplace design.
The basics of good work place design as below;
Open and close
A good workplace design combines the elements of openness and privacy. For collaborative work – create open spaces – and also if a sales person wants to make client calls or a developer wants to code – give them private cabins.
Great if the workplace can have windows to let sunlight in. If the lighting is artificial then use a mix of bright and ambient lighting.
Seating that supports back and arms well and workstations that are at a proper height.
Designing a workplace is a continuous process. Employee needs change from time to time.
It is good to think about making some changes every 2-3 years.
Many progressive workplaces these days offer a standing desk for many employees.
It does not end in places where employees work but beyond.
Companies like Baidu in China offers Igloo like relaxation spaces for its employee.
Companies also have non-smoking and smoking zones for employees.
Also keep these in mind while creating a workplace
While designing the workplace, one must understand the culture and business philosophy of the company such as, values of the company, its vision and mission, the customers and clients, a company deals with.
This is a critical element to either help business that is starting to grow or help a long standing business process. The carefully planned designed that is created will support and promote the identity of the company.
Understanding the nature and process of the workflow of the company is essential in developing a good design. The way the information gets processed, communicated and transmitted from one place to another. The design of the company can enhance the efficiency of the company’s workflow.
Technology is rapidly changing the way a company work. With portability of work, employees can communicate in many other ways which is not always in person. So, the design must be planned to accommodate the new technology interface to improve productivity.
It is an important factor in designing a workplace. By having flexibility in designs with systems flexibility, movable walls, adaptable lightning and spaces which can meet a variety of work and technology needs, one can avoid the expensive cost included in changing the whole infrastructure with changing needs of the company.
Also look aroud and see what other progressive companies are doing.
The best companies to work surveys are a good starting point for a company taking up workplace design as a core strategy to retain valuable employees.