Blog No.4 – February: Mistake #2

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Mistake No. 2: Underestimating the potential of a well designed workspace

By Anetta Pizag and Bostjan Erzen

Photo Martin Metelko

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Some organizational leaders underestimate the influence of the physical environment, thinking that work and business performance are purely management issues. Others believe that workplace strategy equates to creating Google-like offices expensive and gimmicky spaces that spark the interest of adventure-loving millennials. Still others think that in order to make a real impact through workplace design, you must rip out all the walls and start rebuilding your office from scratch.

Due to such misunderstandings, many organizations fail to improve their workspaces, or go down the wrong path missing out on the opportunities and benefits that only a well-designed, high-performance workplace can offer.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The physical work environment influences people on many levels it makes a difference to how they feel, think, work, communicate and collaborate together. In a well-designed workplace, every element of the physical space room layouts, furniture, materials, colors, textures, lights, sounds, technology and media is carefully selected to enhance individual, team and business performance, both in the short and the long term.

Googles offices are an interesting example. They are excellent workplaces, but not because of the way they look. The reason they are so successful is because they have been carefully designed to support the needs, wishes, and work styles of the exact people Google aims to attract and retain. You can design your office with the same kind of thinking Googles decision makers employ, and end up with a very different kind of workplace one which is perfectly suited to your organization.

You dont need to start with a blank canvas to create a high-performance workspace. Sometimes making small but well-targeted changes to the interiors can yield significant results. Every workspace imposes constraints, but also offers opportunities. Several highly successful workspaces have been created in buildings with major design constraints, for example, where it was impossible to change any of the walls, floors or ceilings. So even if it looks like you have too many limitations and not much can be done, its worth seeking the opinion of an expert.

HOW KRAGELJ CAN HELP

Kragelj has systems in place to help you minimize your risks associated with workplace change projects. We will help you understand the results you can expect from different workplace or property projects supported by well-researched facts and evidence before you commit to any major investment.

We also gladly discuss our past workplace projects with you. For example, how we have helped increase individual and team productivity, morale and satisfaction and other business performance metrics in our clients organizations. In addition, we are happy to put you in touch with other service providers who might be able to assist you on your workplace or property related projects.

You dont need to start with a blank canvas to create a high-performance workspace. Sometimes making small but well-targeted changes to the interiors can yield significant results. Every workspace imposes constraints, but also offers opportunities. Several highly successful workspaces have been created in buildings with major design constraints, for example, where it was impossible to change any of the walls, floors or ceilings. So even if it looks like you have too many limitations and not much can be done, its worth seeking the opinion of an expert.

You can design your office with the same kind of thinking Google employs, and end up with an entirely different kind of workplace one which is perfectly suited to your organization. [Quote]

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