Designing for a Better For A Better Work Environment


Whilst many companies may be investing millions in attracting young employees through a range of attention grabbing perks. However research from Oxford Economics, with more than 1,200 executives and non-senior employees across industries, including healthcare, retail, manufacturing, financial services, and the government sector contests this. The majority of the respondents (74 percent) reported that they worked in open-plan offices. A handful had private offices, and the rest split their days between home offices, travel, co-working spaces, or a combination of the three. About half of the respondents were Millennials.

None of the respondents indicated that amenities like free food were most important to them in a work environment. Surprisingly, the study revealed that millennial workers were the most vocal about noise complaints: 74% of people surveyed worked in open offices—a once-popular design strategy that’s seeing more and more backlash. Because of the rising cost of real estate, it’s unlikely that we’ll all receive private offices anytime soon, but there are some design strategies that can mitigate noise and distractions to help people concentrate and get more work done. 

Following up on these findings this article from Fast Company Design offers up ten ideas that might be helpful to help employees focus on their work. Here are some of them which most caught our attention…

1. Think about adjacencies - open meeting areas should be adjacent to circulation or other sound-producing areas. Gather quieter spaces near each other
2. Designate spaces for concentration - more and more people want to be part of a team that is collaborating. They want to see activity. They want to see the mission of the organization happen
3. Offer plenty of choice - quiet zones, similar to that deployed on commuter rails, are becoming more and more popular
4. Consider phone booths - freestanding, acoustically insulated booths
5. Invest in the right furniture - Furniture solutions are a great, cost-effective way to provide acoustical and visual privacy in an open-office environment

Do you believe these strategies are necessary in a work environment? Do you think this could work for you? Do you have any alternative ideas that have helped you focus on your work? 

(This post comes from our Designing Deeper blog)
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