Smart Office Design Improves Employee Engagement

By Dennis McCafferty
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    The traditional office—with most space devoted to workstations and offices, with minimal space for collaboration—is giving way to a 50-50 individual-collaborative design.

Does your company take a "smart space" approach to workplace design? If so, it will reap the rewards of higher productivity, innovation and employee engagement. Also, research shows that workers in well-designed offices are more likely to express job satisfaction and to describe their companies as innovative. Unfortunately, only one-quarter of U.S. employees work in the kind of optimal office environments that encourage collaboration, learning, focus and socialization. You can evaluate your organization's workplace by assessing how well it measures up against the following nine elements of a model professional environment. These requirements are adapted from the recent e-book, Wide Open Workspace: Trailblazing Solutions for Tomorrow's Workforce. In the book, the authors, iOffice co-founders Elizabeth Dukes and Don Traweek, contend that it's important to "remove barriers, not just walls," and that mobile-readiness, "fun zones" and "huddle rooms" contribute greatly to a results-producing, collaborative culture. iOffice produces facility-management software.

This article was originally published on 2014-05-06
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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