The Benefits of a Flexible Workspace
There’s a lot of talk about how office design can motivate employees and improve productivity levels within the workplace. Companies are now investing both time and money in creating alternative and custom spaces for their employees. Over half of all workers (53%) value the flexibility to work in different locations, signaling that the trend in workers valuing workspace flexibility continues to rise.
The benefits of a flexible workspace
Mobile devices and cloud computing are increasing mobility within the way we work. By creating a flexible space that support our workdays, you are actively facilitating employee productivity and well-being.
By instituting unassigned desks and communal work areas, employees are more likely to move throughout the day, which facilitates interaction and collaboration between employees who might have minimal interaction otherwise.
Flexible design also has an important impact on an individual’s independent workday as well. Creating flexible spaces that allow employees to be mobile, switch up their surroundings, and have a say in where and how they work most comfortably can yield positive results in areas of employee engagement and job satisfaction.
How to create a Flexible workspace
A flexible workspace replaces rigid cubicles with transformative spaces. You need designs that offer easy flexibility to cater to daily movement, various workflows, and collaboration. Cubicles have their merits when it comes to focus, but many companies are choosing to create more open floor plans and are picking cubicles that are moveable and have lower walls.
Adopting alternative work policies like hot-desking, in addition to incorporating communal areas and multi-use furniture, can maximize your spacial efficiency and cut costs.
In an office, everyone wants their own personal space for heads down projects, but they also want to be able to work together with their colleagues accessibly and comfortably. By having most of your furniture on wheels, your employees will be able to move everything around to create collaboration spaces as and when needed. For example, by having the white board on wheels, will enable team brainstorms and meetings to take place pretty much anywhere within the office.
Flexible workspaces have a range of benefits, including increases in employee comfort, well-being, and productivity, which ultimately result in better business.
Ask employees what they want. Instead of coming up with new policies and hoping that employees embrace them. “Get insights from your employee base, ask them what their pain points are, what perks or changes they’d like to see”.
Every business is unique and must find their best way to give employees more flexibility and independence while still building a company that employees feel connected to.