We also planned for various individual workspaces, including dedicated workstations as well as touchdown spaces that are well equipped with tools, lighting, and accessories anyone needs throughout the day. And, we purposefully considered the sensory needs of people—sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch—by offering a mix of materials, colors and textures in the product solutions we installed. Engaging the senses can influence workers’ overall well-being by providing comfort and security. Offering variety is another way to create spaces that feel familiar—spaces that draw people in.
To support an agile workforce, everyone has a choice from a “kit of spaces” to work independently or collaboratively. Embedded technology tools like workware™ enhance collaborative spaces, supporting group activities such as sharing, connecting, and creative problem solving. These options are available to both assigned and unassigned workers.
The space was also designed with flexibility to accommodate a mobile workforce. Employees can seek out space within a Mobile Landing when they need a place to touchdown. They store their personal things in lockers during the day, giving them the freedom to move around the building from meetings to collaborative spaces and back to one of the Mobile Landings.
By providing people with a higher proportion of group spaces and giving them variety and choice in where they work—either on their own or collaboratively, we can help increase employee performance, satisfaction, and engagement.
Change requires communication: During the reconfiguration, change management was crucial. Communicating about change involves an ongoing, multi-step process designed to inform people early, clearly, and frequently about what’s happening since everyone may have different expectations.
Working through installation: Just because installers were working didn't mean business stopped on the second floor. Work continued on, and even client groups experienced the various stages of reconfiguration.
Sustainability savings: A number of tactics were employed to keep waste out of landfills as much as possible. All leftover product and materials were recycled, repurposed, or donated. Also, overall storage needs for employees were reduced by clearing out storage areas and having a recycling event and competition between groups.