A representative user group explored the opportunities through a number of V+C facilitated workshops and ultimately made the following key recommendations, subsequently endorsed by the ELT: In order to support 151 Property’s aspiration of Team Unity, there will be a future workstyle where:
- ‘If we spend less time on individual activities because we are more present, respect each other’s time, and have better work settings that help us be more productive and reduce distractions, we will be more effective and efficient’
- ‘If we spend less time meeting, and more time working together, we will solicit the intelligence of the whole’
- ‘If we can fully disconnect from work when relaxing, we will find space for genuine informal connections’
151 Property realised they needed an increase in the amount of smaller, more informal collaborative settings and a decrease in the number of larger, formal collaboration spaces with the configuration of spaces better aligned to their needs.
To create a sense of Team Unity, and to exploit the economies of scale in a relatively small physical environment, 151 Property decided that teams and individuals should have equal access to all settings and spaces. Within that, they identified three broader zones for working together, having a meeting, and working alone, supported by sub zones for different activities to allow staff to better navigate the environment and be more conscious about their day to day workstyle and the impact that has on the desired behaviours.
Siren Design interpreted these concepts, and others, into the new office fit-out, and following six weeks of working off-site, employees were invited back.