The Office, Workspace, and Workplace
Work is not a place you go to
‘The office’ used to be a fairly clear moniker for the place where work happened, however now, as technology, and mindsets advance that most certainly isn’t the case for many. As our workplace, that being our literal place of doing work at a point in time varies, and the concept of ‘The Office begins to feel narrow and non-encompassing moving towards a concept of ‘workspace’ is sure to be more prominent.
Rise in Co-Working and Non-Traditional Workplaces
Global research Institute The Leesman Index among others recently reported on the significant rise in ‘co-working’ and other forms of non-traditional, and non-fixed-workplace individuals and teams. If we agree that more individuals, teams, and organisation will move towards a greater level of place (and time independent) working, then the way organisations think about ‘the office’ will surely need to progress to an approach that is as varied as their employees, and contributors.
Traditional Occupancy is Decreasing
“Traditional workspaces, occupied for 40-60% are not supporting employees, nor contributing to the organisations outcomes”. Workspace is also now being seen as a key asset that should be leveraged to provide value to the organisation. As the second, or third largest spend for most organisations, taking an approach that is efficient, but also provides an ROI is crucial. Clearly where a workspace can support the activities, and interactions that employees will undertake is an effective and efficient way it is delivering value, but what if a workspace could deliver more?
The Space as Lever for Cultural Change
We have surely all experienced a time where a physical environment, or building has impacted, or influenced the way we behave; whether it was energy of a stadium, or the reflection and calm of a gallery. With this in mind, the role of a workspace could be much more than just supporting the activities employees undertake, but supporting the behaviours, and the culture and organisation wants to foster, or move towards. The workspace as a lever for cultural change cannot be underestimated as we move towards a more complex, and challenging future.
Other articles, services and case studies Zak worked on:
- A different perspective (Blog)
- Workplace Occupancy and Utilisation Study (Service)
- Fonterra’s hunt for the most effective HQ in New Zealand (Case Study)