Flexi-Workspace in your Office Design
What employees require from the office is transforming. The shift from traditional offices with fixed and assigned desk positions to incorporating flexi-workspaces within the office environment has been accelerated.
The hybrid working culture that was brought about with Covid-19 is here to stay. Accenture’s recent survey on hybrid working found that 83% of employees find hybrid working optimum for them. With such a staggering percentage, it is no surprise that 66% of companies are planning to redesign their office environments to better accommodate hybrid working. Flexi-workspaces will be a key feature in these redesigns, focusing on creating spaces that suit the needs of the employee and the tasks they undertake while in the office.
Flexible Workspace in T Mobile Headquarters, Prague.
With employees often only coming to the office two or three days a week, assigned seating is becoming obsolete. Companies can easily incorporate a flexi-workspace culture by creating hot desk zones. Hot desking allows employees to prebook space, depending on the task, for when they know they will be in the office. This approach can be beneficial for both employees and businesses. Employees feel they have more autonomy and freedom to undertake their role. While for businesses, less floor space can be required, meaning it can reduce overall operating costs. Hot desking also has the additional benefit of creating sparks of collaboration. Often employees are sitting next to employees from different departments, who they would not necessarily come into contact with. Starting conversations between departments can generate new ideas, and boost company values and morale.
Hot Desk Zone.
Companies need to think carefully before investing in an office redesign. One point to pay extra attention to is, what are employees coming to the office for? If employees are coming to attend meetings or collaborate, investment in collaboration zones would be beneficial. These areas are designed to bring team members together to facilitate discussion and innovation. Depending on the business’s ethos, collaboration zones can be anything from formal meeting rooms, to informal sofa areas where staff can cross paths organically.
If employees want to come to the office for specific work. Smaller break out rooms could be an option. Often soundproofed, they allow for phone calls and video calls to take place, and are a great option for employees to work through their to-do list in privacy.
By providing areas that are versatile and meeting the needs of their employees using specific spaces, businesses can make flexi-workspaces work for them. A well-designed workspace will give employees the room to do their best work on their terms.
If you are considering an office redesign, incorporating flexi-workspace, contact the Grant team to discuss.
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