Many organizations are rethinking the way they design and use their workspaces and there is increasing talk of the term “flexible office design”.
When designing a flexible office, a company must consider many aspects to ensure that its design best reflects its needs and employees, and that the transition is successful and sustainable over the long term.
A study by the architecture and design firm Gensler revealed that the time spent on targeted individual work has increased from 48% in 2008 to 54% in 2013, which shows that the flexible design of offices is the way to future, allowing employees to use private workspaces they must focus on individual work.
When renovating or remodeling a large office space, employees often need motivation and training to fully utilize all the features of this space. Below you will find some points to consider and the steps to take to ensure the transition to a flexible design office summarized by the British firm Ergonomi.
Organize organizational behavior training to help employees optimize the use of the dynamic aspects of flexible desktop design. Having a flexible or open office can dispel the distinction between work and personal life. Mobile technology, which is necessary for employees working in an open or flexible office space, also eliminates a clear endpoint for the workday.
Mentoring relationships may not develop as naturally in an open or flexible office environment. This demonstrates once again that culture, be it a country or a company, can really influence how open or flexible office designs are accepted and used.
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