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What Type of Working Environment Best Fits your Company?

26 February, 2020

Office layouts can significantly impact a business – affecting morale, efficiency and talent retention, and consequently the success of the business. By understanding how people work, we can identify beneficial work environments in order to achieve maximum productivity levels and allow staff the best space to do their work.

So, what type of working environment best fits your company?

Agile Workspaces

Agile, or activity-based, workspaces have increased in popularity and seen as an attractive model type for employees with many companies now choosing to develop this workspace style.

The British Computer Society summarises ‘agile working’.
“A way of working in which an organization empowers its people to work where, when and how they choose – with maximum flexibility and minimum constraints – to optimize their performance and to do their best work”.

Essentially, an agile workspace provides workers with office space that is flexible and adaptable to their needs and specific project and job-related activities, characteristically utilizing a non-assigned seating model to foster collaboration and maximise space.

Agile spaces can include:

  • Collaboration spaces
  • Breakout and ‘café inspired’ spaces
  • Private / quiet spaces
  • Team meeting space
  • Phone conversation spaces
  • Wellness rooms
  • Hot desking options

One of the main advantages of agile working is productivity levels with many businesses reporting a significant increase to their employee’s creativity and productivity. However, this model may not be achievable or viable for many businesses, depending on their work type, space and size. There are many other options to consider when choosing your ideal office space.

Hot Desking

Hot desking is an arrangement of unassigned desk seating where employees choose where to sit. This model allows for a smaller office space, with less investment in a permanent workspace for every employee, most suitable for remote or travelling workers.

This seating arrangement also allows staff to have a change of scenery as well as encouraging collaboration. Technology is key here and the ability for employees to be able to log in or connect their laptops at ease is essential.

Principles Open Plan Work Environment

Open plan offices work off the model of a single room with staff either sharing tables or working at independent desks in an unrestricted space.

An open plan office can also be more affordable. Not only are there limited partitions or rooms to construct, natural lighting has the ability to stream through the entire office resulting in fewer artificial lighting and air conditioners needed.

The lack of barriers allows for fluid communication and is suitable for fast past organizations where employees/teams are working on similar projects.

Open Plan Cubicles

Open plan cubicles combine the benefits of both open plan but also ‘office’ type areas. These spaces enable open communication while providing privacy and reducing distractions.

The cubicles can be arranged in various layouts to suit a range of team sizes and available spaces. Companies which may need privacy like telemarketing or auditing firms could benefit from this style of work environment.

Private Offices

Private offices are sometimes an essential part of some workspaces and role responsibilities, especially when confidentiality is involved. Sometimes private offices can accommodate senior staff, accounting staff or teams or for collaboration activities and meetings.

Benefits of these types of spaces is the ability for privacy and potential to create your space to your liking and to suit your working style. Downside is isolation and a sense of privilege, if some employees are granted private offices over others.

Anchorpoint Interiors will assist in evaluating the best working practice for your business and will reveal the successful mix of working environments to empower staff to optimise their working styles. Our workplace consultants work closely with stakeholders throughout the briefing stage to establish the optimum use of space.

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