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Mistake No. 3: Not having a clear vision and strategy for the workplace

By Anetta Pizag and Bostjan Erzen

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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Too often, business leaders try to create an attractive work environment by pursuing a set of cool ideas like setting up a dazzling lounge area with a pool table and bean bags, and installing trendy artwork.

Acting on cool ideas may help you create an attractive-looking workplace with a few potentially useful features. However, if youre aiming to create a highperformance work environment that actually supports the performance of your teams and your business, youll need to develop a vision for your organization in the new space, and think more strategically.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Having clear objectives including desired business, organizational and human outcomes is essential for a workplace project to succeed.

What are the ultimate goals of your workplace transformation project? How would you like to see peopleperform in the new space, and what results would you like to see in regards, for example, to productivity measures, engagement levels, turnover rates and sick leave? And how do you envision your business operating in a better, more efficient way?

Maintaining focus on these objectives will ensure that all members of the project team are on the same page, are able to effectively collaborate, and can make well informed decisions during the design and implementation process. A compelling vision will set your project up for long-term success.

Setting up specific goals for your workplace change project will also allow you to find out later on how successful the project has been, for example, whats been the rate of return, and how your organizationsperformance indicators have improved. Remember that your vision for the workplace should go deeper than just how the space looks. Cosmetic upgrades rarely achieve real results. So before starting conversations about design, decision makers should first agree on what success looks like to the organization.

 

HOW KRAGELJ CAN HELP

Developing a vision for a workplace project which is both viable and compelling and which resonates with the organizations leaders, employees, stakeholders, and the market takes skill and coordination.

We facilitate visioning and goal settings workshops, with the focus on helping the project team gain clarity about the direction they are going in and the results they aim to achieve.

With substantial experience in workplace design, business strategy and change management, our members know the right questions to ask, and are skilled in assisting workshop participants to reach new insights.

We use proprietary methodologies to measure a projects success after completion. Our role throughout the project is to ensure that the agreed goals and milestones are achieved, and that your business is on the right track towards reaching its vision.

Your vision for the workplace should go deeper than just how the space looks. Before starting conversations about design, decision makers should first agree on what success looks like to their organization. [Quote]

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