The modern worker cares about their workspace – key perks might include open plan designs and unconventional breakout spots, or consciously syncing it with a healthy lifestyle. They want to work for companies that care more than just staying competitive in their industry – they want to work for companies that also care about keeping their workers healthy and productive.
The workforce is changing hands, and a new generation of digital learners and workers are informing how modern offices reflect the individual identity and company culture. Workspaces that promote strong mental health can have a strategic impact on success. Happy workers equal productive workers. And productive workers thrive in environments that encourage collaboration and creativity – adding up to a positive effect on your bottom line.
Today’s learners are a sophisticated bunch – brought up on a diet of handheld technology, brand marketing, and the sleekest product design. Experience-driven, they have high expectations when it comes to the environments they inhabit. If even a part of an educator’s task is to prepare them for the world, then the classroom has to meet and reflect real-world expectations. Rows of desks, learning by rote, one-size-fits all teaching methods are a hangover from the industrial revolution.
In recent years, plenty of research has been published both proving and denying the benefits of all types of office layouts. While one study suggests that businesses tear down walls and operate in a purely collaborative environment, another discusses the issues caused by such layouts, and instead, promotes the continuation of the private office.
So what’s a company to do?
Those looking to support their employees while still mitigating operating costs may find themselves scratching their heads and wondering who’s advice to follow.
Truth be told, there’s validity to each point of view. And certainly, there’s not a single right answer. In most cases, business leaders conclude that a mixture of work environments is best. One department’s work may be more conducive to an open, group atmosphere, while another relies on the privacy and concentration that enclosed offices allow.
So, since private offices are here to stay, here are a few tips to modernize and enhance them to reflect the way people work in the 21st century: