Everyone wants to know what the workplace of the future looks like.
The reality is that the answer will be different for every organisation as it relates to unique cultures, brands and organisational objectives. What Haworth is seeing is an increased experimentation with types of work-settings and spaces that enable employees to do their best work, either individually or in groups.
Haworth understands that innovation is the key to business success, brought about through people engaging with each other. Creating meaningful collaboration is both a science and an art.
High performing spaces require an understanding of both the objectives of the organisation and the trends impacting workplace. Smart workspaces offer places for focus, places for contemplation, places for informal and formal discussion, for as well as places to be thoughtful, creative and collaborative.
The physical space is the enabler to achieving organisational goals. Future Place 2019 looks at four key areas impacting performance.
Creating spaces that help your talent do what they do best means making room in your ﬂoorplate for different types of working.
Innovation and disruption are the new watchwords for today’s fast-paced economy. Organisations must generate new, creative ideas to keep their businesses agile and a step ahead of their competitors. But how to create inspiring spaces for your people
to generate innovation?
Meaningful collaboration is the key. Creating spaces that help your talent do what they do best means making room in your floorplate for different types of working. The best ideas come with the ability to work in an agile environment where employees meet in spaces that ﬁt their task needs – whether for individual focus (intense work and problem-solving), group focus (collaboration, deep thinking, communication and connection), and restoration (compression, regeneration and networking).
When an organisation values and encourages this rhythm of activities in the workplace, we observe a boost to innovation efforts — and an organisation’s financial performance.
Auditory and visual distractions or interference plague workspaces – it's one of the top employee complaints in any organization.
When employees can’t focus, efficiency and productivity suffer. It’s easy to be diverted from a task without fully realising it, resulting in poor performance for the organisation and greater employee disengagement. Auditory and visual distractions
or interference plague workspaces – it's one of the top employee complaints in any organisation.
Finding a solution to combat the complexities of all these elements is never a one-size-fits-all approach. It requires a holistic solution. Haworth creates workplaces that promote renewed focus, whether your employees want to work alone or together.
Space efficiency and agility in the workplace should not be at the expense of productivity. To reduce disruption, good design and space planning absorbs sounds and creates visual barriers between zones to help your people achieve optimal performance, whenever and wherever they choose to work.
Simply put, digital transformation helps make better workplace decisions, faster.
Workplace is at a crossroads. Big data is changing everything – how we live, work and communicate with each other. It’s offering unparalleled potential to evolve, learn and grow.
Digital technologies have already transformed how we shop, read, listen to music, and access standard household services and utilities. In the workplace, technology is increasing opportunities for savvy organisations to boost economic growth, and promote collaboration, interconnection and communication.
To stay in step with customer expectations and ahead of competitors, organisations must also evolve. It’s easy to fixate on what’s digital in ‘digital transformation’ – that is, the tools, platforms and processes needed to change. The transformational element of the equation is an equally critical success factor. Simply put, digital transformation helps make better workplace decisions, faster.
The new digitally-enabled workplace requires a radical re-thinking of how to use big data to challenge the status quo, maintain an agile workforce and adjust performance to meet changing demands.
Digital tools are also supporting organisations to understand how employees work by automatically optimising work environments for peak performance – leveraging analytics to change room temperature, lighting and even scents to individual preference.
Haworth is investing in the latest digital technologies to create and evolve the best workplaces for our clients. It’s another example of future thinking and future proofing to optimise the real-estate investments.
Haworth incorporates social spaces into the workplace design to increase employee engagement.
We spend 90% of our lives enclosed within buildings. Until recently, we’ve paid little attention to how to make our buildings healthier. As organisations grapple with the rising costs of employee disengagement, absenteeism and loss of talent, the
focus is turning towards creating more wellbeing at work.
How can the workplace help people identify with their organisation, feel comfortable and healthy within their work environment and therefore retain talent?
One of the underlying issues contributing to absenteeism from poor health is a sedentary lifestyle and work-related stress. Thoughtful design including central staircases can ‘nudge’ workers to make healthier choices. Providing opportunities to connect with nature at work can also significantly reduce the stress hormones that decrease wellbeing, promote disease, and lower cognitive abilities. Also, giving employees control over their environment – whether with adjustable, ergonomic furniture, or a variety of work and social spaces – has been shown to reduce stress.
Haworth incorporates social spaces into the workplace design to increase employee engagement. With the influx of Millennials & Gen Z into the workplace, these spaces are vital to attracting and retaining talent. Interspersing breakout spaces with focus zones and collaborative areas leads to higher ideation, innovation and interaction between your people – boosting organisational performance as a result.