Taking away walls and high cubicles can improve corporate culture, morale and productivity, while also reducing the costs and environmental impacts associated with an oversized real estate footprint. According to a survey on the Influence of Workplace Design and Practices, companies that employ open office layouts have observed increases in employee engagement and retention and decreases in employee misconduct.
First, take the time to understand your employee’s needs. Conduct a survey or 1-1 interviews to find out their working style, current level of satisfaction and willingness to move to a more open environment. If you feel confident your office is a good candidate, the next step is to engage employees. Let employees participate in the design process by receiving their input on desk designs, common areas and creative spaces. As you transition to your new office space, continue to solicit employee feedback with open communication methods.
If you’re on the receiving end of workplace transition, here are some tips to ease the change:
– For confidential conversations, take advantage of office conference rooms. Just because your office has transitioned into an open space doesn’t mean privacy is unattainable.
– Be respectful of your noise level. Keep conversations at your desk to a minimum and take longer conversations in common spaces.
– Take into account the heightened visibility and maintain professional, respectful behavior at all times.
– Collaborate! Open workspaces promote collaboration; use it as an opportunity to gain new insights from colleagues outside your department.
HR & Training Dept.