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What is the future of workplace design?

Posted on Wed, 2016-12-07 10:41 by Industry News

Improving support staff performance

Workplace design plays a pivotal role in determining and influencing staff engagement, wellbeing and collaboration. Engaged employees are more productive, profit-generating and invested to deliver greater commercial success.

Organisations are continually looking to improve productivity and many will look to achieve this through the use of innovative space planning and design.

A recent Q&A panel of design leaders at Australia’s Architecture & Design Commercial Connect event discussed the significant role new monitoring technology, post-occupancy data and behavioral studies will play in determining future workplaces. The discussion sparked the perception that evidence plays a considerable role in proving the value of workplace strategies within organisations. 

What are the options for identifying the needs of an organisation?

The future of workplace design suggests pushing for more technology to be able to track staff occupancy and collect data which can then be used to improve working environments specific to the needs of an organisation. It is implied that the data gathered can assist designers with space planning for best utilisation of the space.

At Space Solutions we believe the latest monitoring technology is important to aid improved efficiency through increased space utilization, however it must be balanced with a consultation process to understand the day to day requirements of the end user in order to provide a truly supportive and effective workplace design.

Phil Muir, Studio Director & Workplace Consultancy Specialist says “Electronic utilisation studies are effective in benchmarking how efficiently an organisation is using its space and whether there is potential for improved utilisation or indeed whether more space is required. However it is only through physical observation that types of activities can be picked up. An electronic utilisation study will tell you whether a space is occupied or not but it would take physical observation to say whether a space is being used to its capacity. This is important to accurately determine the sizes required for meeting rooms, training rooms and waiting areas. it is not unusual for us to observe large meeting rooms of 12-15 person capacity being used only by one or two people, one of the most common sources of inefficient space use.”

Understanding best practice workplace analysis

Whilst technology plays an important part in diagnosing issues with utilization, a true understanding of space demand involves end user consultations including interviews, workshops, and physical observations.

Workplace design can play a significant role in fostering a work environment that exhibits employee engagement and creates a culture of commercial success for businesses. Space Solutions Workplace Strategy Consultancy focuses on the relationship between people and space to establish real spatial needs and develop design solutions that support and improve productivity. We can assist you in achieving an understanding of your staff and processes and produce design solutions that will increase the effectiveness of your office space to better support staff performance and business objectives.

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