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WeOffice’s mission is to support organisations towards new ways of working. We carry out our mission by providing courses for workplace strategists and other practitioners in how to create and implement workplace strategies, by providing a workplace analytics tool, and through lectures, workshops and consultancy services. Our strength lies in our focus on the work environment and your business’s conditions and goals, from which we support the development of workplace strategies.
Workplace Adequacy™ Framework
5 research-based principles for creating healthy and well-functioning workplaces
Research in offices and working methods paints a fragmented picture of how different types of offices and methods affect employees’ health and productivity. At the same time, research also points to certain principles that, if well-managed, improve the conditions for creating workplaces that function over time, lead to increased attractiveness as a company, and trigger desirable behaviours. Read about these five principles here.
Dimensioning the workplace correctly is a prerequisite for avoiding a feeling of congestion and for employees to easily find adequate space for their activities. An undersized workplace creates frustration and dissatisfaction while an oversized one leads to less desirable interactions and higher premises costs.
Whether the workplace is flexible and activity-based or traditional where employees have fixed desks, the key to a good physical design is to provide choice. Different workplaces are better or worse suited for different activities. But it is important to diversify based on the needs of the employees and create areas that are actually used.
Even though adequate collaboration areas create the conditions for collaboration, we need to actively create structures for maintaining good collaborations and triggering desired behaviours. The physical environment plays one part in triggering the right behaviours, while organisational guidelines, routines and encouragement play another.
People do not do what is possible, but what is easiest. Workplaces need to be created to encourage and reinforce desired behaviours. Locate important areas within a 30-second radius from areas where employees usually conduct their work, and it should be easy to get an overview of whether a desired work area is available or not.
Participation is important for several reasons. Not only can participation lead to commitment, a sense of ownership and predictability in the change process, but through participation, the workplace strategist can also collect relevant data and design a strategy that is well-rooted in the needs of employees.
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