Was your new workspace designed for an organizational culture that has since, clashed with your true work culture?
Mismatched solutions are highly disruptive to employees as well as disappointing to leadership who want to believe that they are initiating dramatic and positive change. Due to the rapid transformation of work processes and ever-changing technology, this divergence from the original criteria is to be expected. Truly Innovative Planning & Design must be specific to the requirements of each individual business culture and its impending potential for change. A Purposely Planned work environment, relative to the needs of its occupants, must be based on intimately developed criteria specific to that organization and NOT merely assumptions of need based on like organizations. Critical consideration of early criteria must respect the understanding that inevitable change is persistent. Most importantly, the overall solution must include a program that will continue to Visualize and address future requirements. The constant oversight and inclusion of a diverse work assemblage of Space, Work Tools & People, is critical to the on-going success of any organization. This fundamental responsibility often falls on Facilities Managers and/or Human Resources Professionals who must be prepared as “Change Agents”, to advocate for new processes and procedures and continually educate their constituency to these factors of change.
As an On-Going Process, the Leadership Team must continue to openly share their business objectives with these, all important, Change Agents. They, in turn, will make their associates aware as to WHY the change has occurred and HOW changes in their work environment are to be utilized to the highest benefit. Idealistically, these solutions must remain malleable in their ability to transform space and processes to the immediate needs of the occupants. Whether there are six or six hundred occupants in a given work area, finding the “perfect” work atmosphere for each inhabitant is unlikely. However, the highest degree of satisfaction by the majority of the employees will come from a work environment that continues to be carefully programmed and planned to the specific requirements of the entire organization and offers an element of CHOICE regarding various work settings most appropriate for immediate needs by all.
Constant and Candid Communication, throughout the organization, is critical to the on-going success of reaching business goals in an effective and timely manner.
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