Until the early 2000s offices have been focused just on employees’ ergonomic needs because their static work forced them to stay sit for long periods of time, stuck in front of a computer in personal workstation.
In the last decade farsighted companies understood the importance of improving movement and communication between workers through the use of new furniture solutions and technologies; the study of a variety of case histories has demonstrate that employees can work better – and even for longer hours – in an environment with indoor and outdoor spaces that offer posture choices and encourage moving and interacting.
Different activities - different facilities
The modern way of working is composed by “static” moments alternate with “dynamic” moments: huge and constant informations process and continuos problem solving instances are merged with the need of creating new ideas and innovating.
The key to accommodate both of these activities is planning workplace with flexible layout, composed by interconnected but independent areas that can support the physical, cognitive and emotional needs of workers, and give them chance to choose where and how they work.
The workplace should offer a range of destinations for the employees that augment people’s interactions with each other and provide access to the tools and technology that people can only find at work.
These destinations need to balance spaces for group work (like meeting or lounge area equipped with electrification) from individual spaces for focus and reflection (like phone booth or sit&stand workstation).
Employee goals should be driven by the organization's needs—whether it's to cut costs, drive revenue, or build skills—and keep employees motivated to succeed.
The efficacy of any business is strictly connected with the health of people: leading companies are conscious that their workplace layout can implement their strategy, improve their brand image and spread their culture.
Part of designing flexible layouts is the need for furniture that will adapt to new and changing requirements: modular soft seating, modular workbenches, desk pods, meet point tables, collaborative and breakout furniture - in addition to acoustic elements – are examples of smart office furniture choices to support a well designed, high functioning and adaptable workplace.
“Collaboration has become the cultural goal of many companies today, and for good reason: A collaborative work environment leads to more productivity, creativity and innovation”. Businessnewsdaily