Our goal was to create an environment to promote teamwork, break down cylinders and be fun. To accomplish this, I considered multiple designs:
–minimum walls and many open work areas, our customer CKP has found successful
–many workstations for management and support staff as well
–only one wall separating desks from each other, with the remaining space open to a common area
We ended up building the perfect space for us. Our offices do have walls, but there is glass across the front to keep them open. We placed our focus on common areas, like our huge work station where we all meet up to look at plans.
With all that research done our end, it was interesting to run across a recent Wall Street Journal article titled, “Designs to Make you Work Harder.“ How others approach the subject of workplace design?
Four design firms were challenged to create the ideal 15×15 ft mid-level executive’s office with no budget restraints. In the process, they learned a lot about workplace trends.
- glass–shows openness and lets people see the executive at work
- separate work zones–separates tasks and encourages collaboration
- integration of technology–wireless friendly
- status symbol executive desks
- “ego walls” filled with trophies/awards
- tons of storage space (paperless trends have eliminated the need)
Interestingly, these thoughts seem to fall right in line with green building and LEED guidelines–more light, openness and sustainability. I had to feel proud that even though our LEED certified place was concepted a few years back, it seems right on point with what’s happening today. What has worked for your team?