Sustainable design has a spillover effect on employee wellbeing and has been linked to increased creativity, productivity and employee happiness.
“Employee well-being can’t thrive without a supportive culture, because a company’s culture sets the foundation for employee health, happiness and success”
Friendships in the workplace lead to higher levels of engagement and happiness at work. Most people have around five people whom they would classify as friends within the workplace, with around 2% of people stating that they had ‘enemies’ at work.
Unfortunately, many articles that are released talking about the benefits or disadvantages of a certain design configuration are oversimplified and ignore organisational context. For a design solution to work, it has to be supported by management, and specific to the individual organisation and what they are hoping to achieve.
“More companies recognize that the best work doesn’t always happen in the office Monday through Friday from 9 to 5,” said Diane Domeyer, executive director of The Creative Group. “A flexible workplace, where employees have greater control over when and where they work, can improve productivity and job satisfaction. It can also be a big draw for professionals, helping companies attract and keep the best talent.”
85% of office professionals believe flexible workplace design is important, with 83% stating that they have their best ideas when working from different locations throughout the day.
Automation, AI, Digital Twins, Smart Spaces and Quantum Computing have all been identified technology watch out for by research firm Garner.
VR and AR could re-invent the way we work if we can ever manage to use them to their full potential. One of the biggest roadblocks to using this technology in the office is gaining managerial buy-in, and to do that we need use cases and proof of concept developments to get people excited about what the office could become.