The Office Renaissance
For years, the death of the office has been predicted. Mobile technology allows us to work anywhere, so why do you need an office at all?
The world becomes more complex, the places we work have never been more important. Work is a social activity and people need places to come together to solve problems. The office isn’t going away—it’s in the midst of a renaissance, where workplaces are becoming something fundamentally different.
The rebirth of the office involves workers rebelling against the sea of sameness that defines most workplaces. This cultural movement is redefining the workplace; creating a more human-centered experience that enriches the emotional, cognitive and physical wellbeing of people. The office renaissance is about creating meaningful places for people to work—places that feel good, but also perform, by harnessing new embedded technologies that help people navigate the complexity of work.
BUT HOW DO WE GET THERE?
Six tips that can help leading organizations create spaces that will meet the needs of today’s workers:
DEMOCRATIZE SPACE: Create a range of spaces that support different ways of working so people can choose where to work, regardless of where they are in the organization’s hierarchy.
SUPPORT MULTIPLE POSTURES AND MOVEMENT: Incorporate spaces that allow people to work in whatever posture works for them – lounging, standing, perching, walking or sitting upright.
PEOPLE STILL NEED PRIVACY: Balance the desire for openness with the human need for solitude. Create spaces that support focused work as well as rejuvenation.
MAKE TECHNOLOGY ACCESSIBLE: Integrate embedded technology that makes it easier for people to collaborate, encourages movement and makes it easier to get focussed.
PROMOTE PERSONALIZATION: Create spaces that feel bespoke to the organization and the individual. Encourage self-expression and authenticity over perfection.
TAKE CUES FROM NATURE: More than just adding plants, seek variation. Incorporate naturally complex materials in a variety of shapes, forms, patterns and textures.