The pandemic has accelerated a change in working disciplines- with office areas now becoming more multi-functional – areas to focus, areas to collaborate on projects and space to connect socially. Creating adaptable work space is more than just updating your rusty IT solutions, doing a quick office reshuffle, purchasing a few new quirky office accessories, or having random empty hot desks. It requires thorough planning, time and money to create the perfect adaptable environment.
Here are some factors to keep in mind:
- Office segmentation – More companies are steering away from the one-size-fits-all office solutions, such as open office spaces. A key part of planning and designing an adaptable environment is identifying key areas and aligning them with your brand and culture. When dividing your open office into flexible space, you need to ask yourself if your design includes spaces where employees can collaborate, socialize, concentrate and have some privacy.
- Sustainability – Research done by Cone Communicationin 2016, suggests that 88% of millennial employees say that their job is more fulfilling if they can make positive contributions towards social and environmental issues. Making use of environmentally friendly products and identifying “green rooms / spaces”that encourage recycling, would ultimately boost employee morale.
- Product selection– Choosing the right products and ensuring that they are suitable and functional for your business is critical. Besides quality, key product features – robustness, lighting, ergonomics, smart technology, eco-friendliness, colour variations, texture, comfort and mobility, will also enhance your flexible space. Your office’s look and feel will play a key role in creating a functional flexi-enviro.
At BFS we understand the importance of designing flexible environments which ultimately create an ambiance that encourages social cohesion and collaboration, but simultaneously appreciate employee privacy. Want to find out how you can turn your office into an agile space? Talk to us, and let one of our solution specialists help you find the perfect fit. Contact us on +27 (0)86 11 00011