We’ve all walked into that window-less office with typical carpet and white walls, and each employee separated by cubicles. This type of workspace design should be forgotten and left in the dust in 2017. You might not initially think that redesigning your office will bring a new creative energy to the room, but you’d be surprised by what a little renovation will do to motivate your team. For example, everything at Google is about algorithms, and they were the first to do the math: an inspiring work space not only saves money; It’s priceless
Comfortable company culture + collaborative opportunities = Innovation
Diverse settings + fun = more effective recruiting, retention, & leadership
Modern workspaces are less about interior design and more about human design. Human-centered offices are a product of always trying to improve efficiency. A forward-thinking company makes way for a comfortable and creative workspace to empower the employees. Company values drive the design. The design drives the culture of the employees. The employees drive the company growth through collaboration, innovation, and leadership.
What are the key features of inspiring workspaces?
● Open space that allows interaction between your team
● Creative interiors that showcase the personality of your company
● Individual spaces that allow employees to get some headspace. For example reading nooks and zen dens
● Innovation areas which encourage employees to do their creative thinking with other people, rather than alone
● A variety of spaces to work alone, together, sitting, standing, stationary, or while moving. Like traditional desks, standing desks, bar-height tables, soft sofas
● Lighting that feels natural. Anything to get rid of fluorescent light
● Inspiring artwork and design boards on the walls
● Fresh flowers and indoor plants to bring some life into the space
Traditional work spaces close employees off from one another by placing them in a cubicle or forcing them into individual offices. In contrast, inspiring work spaces help employees find an environment in which they’re the most efficient. Your workspace should cater to the individual needs of your employees. The goal is to allow flexibility and make sure all work styles are accommodated. In the very least, the design should be sensitive to what the working employees are asked to do.
Human-centered design is not just for multi-billion dollar companies. They’re perfect for any company that values a sense of community as a part of their culture. As more and more millennials declare themselves freelancers and entrepreneurs, they are flocking to co-working spaces, like WeWork whose motto is “Find inspiring workspace, connect with a global community, and benefit from 100+ services to help grow your business.”
Does everyone need a slide from the first to the second floor, a hammock, and a treadmill desk? No. But does everyone deserve to find a space where they can maximize their productivity? We think so.