The Workplace of the Future – it’s more than just technology
There is no denying that the evolution of technology has dramatically changed the way we all work and definitely the future of workplace design.
Yes we can work from wherever we want whenever we want.
And yes, we can simply ask our VPA’s which meeting rooms are free, rather than the checking the boardroom Outlook Calendar that never seems to be utilised by our colleagues.
But the workplace of the future needs to be about so much more than the latest in technology to truly keep employees happy and engaged. A digitally adept workplace isn’t going to cut it if your employees hate coming to work every day, just as a culturally sound workplace will drive talented workers out the door if they don’t have the tools to do their jobs properly.
The workplace of the future needs to be people-centric. It needs to encourage conversation and collaboration. And technology needs to support that.
It’s more about the how than the where.
So how do you find a happy medium and create a workplace that will truly act as your credential?
Sheldon believe there are three key ingredients to creating and maintaining a healthy workplace.
Culture & People
Employee engagement is a term that is often thrown around, but how many of us truly understand what drives engagement amongst our respective employees?
It is a concept that is about so much more than supplied breakfasts and ping pong tables, a mistake many companies have and continue to make.
To create a workplace that will engage your employees and give them a better quality of life, all while giving you that competitive advantage in the race for talent, it needs to be designed with your people in mind.
It is our job as designers to listen and understand staff when designing a new office, whether that’s through a staff survey or team brainstorming sessions. The collection of basic analytics about your employees is no longer just a nice to have, but a must-do.
Your employees want to be valued and feel that their opinions matter, and what better way to make this happen than by getting them involved in the design of your new office fitout.
So how do you spot an engaged employee? If your team members are positive, offer genuine solutions and are always willing to land a hand, you’re on the right track.
Ask us at Sheldon about how we can assist supporting positive culture and your people through our quality design process.
Design & Technology
With the merge of design and technology, we have more freedom than ever before to create workspaces that are designed around your people and their choice of work styles – where they work, how they work and even when they work.
The Sheldon design team’s approach is to create an inclusive culture through the integration of a variety of work spaces.
Include communal and spontaneous collaboration areas to create a sense of connection amongst employees, along with quiet areas for deep-thought and focussed work. Organically situate paths and items around the office, encouraging employees to get up and move around and interact with their colleagues.
Provide the equipment that employees need for a streamlined and productive workplace. Technology is advancing at a rapid pace and although robotic receptionists aren’t an option for everyone, simple things like charging docks, sit-to-stand desks, interactive touch screen displays and high speed wi-fi are simple to incorporate and go a long way in improving staff morale.
Inspirational design that people are proud of, enabled by technology.
It is the designer’s duty to know your business, the needs of your management team and individual staff.
With this business intelligence, Sheldon deliver maximum value to all, bringing the latest insights, trends and solutions that you may not have considered before to open up new opportunities and ways that your entire business can be at its best.
Through well-informed design, we can help enhance solidarity and belonging for people and teams with spaces that help them work with shared purpose, individually or together. They are people-driven spaces that foster healthier and happier workplace communities.