I’m curious …Did anyone that attend Business School in the last forty years receive any education regarding the value of Planned Space to employee productivity?
In 1958, Peter F. Drucker proclaimed that, “The primary resource in the post-capitalist society will be knowledge and the leading social groups will be ‘Knowledge Workers'”. In 1968, Robert Propst stated that, “The office, as we have come to know it, is an adolescent statement starved for appropriate definition and somewhat oblivious to the forces of change”. In 1996, Michael Hammer declared, “These new (work) processes often call for empowered, frontline individuals who should be provided with information and expected to make their own decisions” …further stating that business leaders should “adapt their companies to new ways of working“.
With the exception of some incomprehensible advances in technology, the overall message in these statements, over the last sixty (yes, 60!) years is still quite relevant today. An yet, many organizational leaders still perceive the physical work environment as merely an enclosed, conditioned space where their employees “work”!
Today, there are enormous amounts of valuable information substantiating the need for appropriate workspace for this, not-so-new, way of work. Planned Space that supports today’s interactive work processes, while providing semi-private areas for more concentrative work, is a must in business acumen.
A physical workplace that defines work is not a short-lived trend but a critical asset to business success!