SFS Joins KMBZ to Discuss Strategies for Creating Productive Workspaces
Over the past 5 years, trends in interior design and architecture for the workplace have been rapidly evolving. Companies hire SFS Architecture to create environments that are exciting and stimulating. The environment where people do their jobs has a major impact on employee attitudes. If designed correctly, workspaces are conducive to making a person feel more positive about their jobs, an increase in motivation, leading to higher productivity and delivering an attractive return on investment to employers.
Interior Designers and Architects play a vital role in planning for commercial spaces. They create areas for collaboration and group meetings and separate those areas from clearly defined personal work spaces that are meant to be quieter. Many factors are involved in creating a comfortable work environment for employees not just in the physical space they work in, but the furniture and technology that they use.
“Technology has greatly impacted the workplace. It allows people to work anywhere so you need infrastructure to support that workstyle and provide a variety of spaces for people to work in whether they’re doing something they need to concentrate on alone or it’s more collaborative in a group setting,” said Hoffman.
Ancillary or shared spaces provide opportunities for people to collaborate spontaneously supporting an innovative corporate culture. To do their best work, people need to get away from the stress in their daily environment. Good workplace design offers employees some relief from the daily grind and a chance to refresh their minds. All the evidence from the most successful companies shows that group spaces where colleagues can congregate and talk drives positive results.
“Not everyone has to work at their desk. There should be other places within an office space that they can go and work outside of their routine workspace. It’s more comfortable. A change of pace,” she told KMBZ.
Providing a range of options where people can work creates a sense of freedom and choice. These flexible workspaces are especially attractive to younger generations looking for more opportunities to work outside of their workplace. They like working in teams and being able to collaborate with coworkers.
Millennials also appreciate mobility as reflected in furniture and design trends. Desks that can be flexible and work standing or at different levels and positions make work easier and keep the blood flowing. Standing is healthy. Movement keeps the mind fresh and able to focus.
Employers that encourage the use of stairs and other mobility throughout the day and give employees a choice in work environments and accessibility to their work in a variety of settings are seeing measurable benefits. It can help with employee retention and overall satisfaction which can have an impact on performance.
Smart companies are investing in the infrastructure and technology to make these choices a reality. This applies to meetings where people can stand up, conference rooms where they sit on stools rather than on a chair to stretch out their bodies, sitting in a bean bag or meeting in a restaurant style booth in the kitchen area. Offering a variety of places to be more comfortable promotes fluid movement and creative thinking in modern workspaces.
To listen: Designing More Productive Workspaces
Andrew Ellenberg, KMBZ Companies on the Move Series | June 11, 2016