How to Use your Office Layout to Increase Employee Engagement
Guest Post from Mark Eliot who works at Arnold’s Used Office Furniture, your choice for the highest quality office furniture systems at the lowest prices. He is an entrepreneur and designer.
It should come as no surprise that many modern businesses are reconstructing the previous definition of a “productive” work environment. After all, Google’s making some pretty impressive overhauls, and, obviously enough, such work space “revival” techniques appear to be working to the company’s benefit. An office devoid of high walls and glass ceilings (real or metaphorical) becomes more attainable than ever as more and more businesses pursue a worthy end result: a successful workplace motivated by the free exchange of ideas.
Communication is Key
The value of spontaneous one-on-one conversation is superior to all other workplace exchanges. Indeed, that random “brainstorming” of ideas is the catalyst of progress, and the “brick-and-mortar” workplace must be redesigned by minimizing the isolating elements of a typical office or work area. For this reason, desk-to-desk spacing is a particularly important factor for businesses to consider. Companies (such as call centers) are taking initiative by developing workstations that encourage employees to regularly engage with one another. Shared experiences, criticism, and suggestions help to establish a unified team and a positive workplace culture.
A Course of Action is Pivotal
Massive change can understandably prove a bit overwhelming for businesses, so reformation measures should be approached with care. Businesses should map out a plan of action that considers seat-to-seat working distance of employees, visuals, lighting, noise level, and temperature. Of course, personal privacy is a huge factor to be acknowledged, so a bit of ingenuity is necessary for developing an ideal workplace where communication is encouraged but personal space is protected. The key is flexibility. Adjustable desks, glass walls, and the strategic positioning of desk equipment safeguard personal space while encouraging appropriate employee engagement. Such flexible safeguards help to put employees in control.
A successful business must balance the needs of its employees with the overall company vision, but creating such an environment requires some networking with businesses that specialize in innovative office equipment for a changing workplace. Establishing a good partnership with designers and office furniture manufacturers is a good place for businesses to start. With a plan in place and a creative team at the helm, an “open” workplace concept will quickly become a reality.
Mark Eliot works at Arnold’s Used Office Furniture, your choice for the highest quality office furniture systems at the lowest prices. He is an entrepreneur and designer.
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