The Informal Workspace
Today’s office environments are all about communication, collaboration, and flexibility, to increase productivity and boost morale in employees.
Visual and acoustic privacy is the most commonly cited problem in open plan workspaces today. Employees in open plan offices complain of distractions and request focus areas where they can concentrate on their work activities. This calls for more informal meeting spaces, which encourage collaboration and are more adaptable to impromptu situations, such as informal chats or quick huddle meetings. While employees may value the peace and quiet of a private office, the organisation may need to increase collaboration in the workplace due to the changing nature of work and activities.
The working environment is evolving, with quiet rooms, team spaces, and spaces for informal collaboration. Having informal workspaces also means that there’s always somewhere available at the last minute for when other meetings run over time or all spaces are full. Office design needs to maximise the benefits of increased collaboration and interaction for the team while preserving the opportunity for individuals focus.
No one works to their full potential sitting at a desk all day – and the desk is not the most efficient way for every work task to be completed. The most productive work environments are those that give employees the choice of spaces to work from, providing them with flexibility and variety in their work day. These could include break-out areas, cafes, and focus rooms. Allowing staff to get away from their desk boosts morale and productivity.