Remaining a consistent trend and continuing to be at the forefront of office flexibility, Activity-Based Working perpetually leads the pack as the latest and greatest in office design trends. As mentioned in What is Activity Based Working? “In practice, it means that an ABW space fosters a variety of office environments, that are all supporting different activities, performed by its residents in their work.” Different spots work for different tasks; seems easy enough, right?
But as time goes on, it is becoming more clear that it is not necessarily just having the option to work in a more intuitive environment conducive to specific tasks, but to additionally have the technology available to complete them when needed. As mentioned in RTKL – Top Workplace Trends for 2014 “As employees become more mobile and workplace design more flexible, a seamless integration of technology tools and usage policies are essential for success. This ranges from provisioning the employees with the right tools to work wherever, whenever they need to, as well as including the right tools within the space.”
In order to achieve the perfect balance of the right environment, for the right task, at the right time, you need a specific recipe of quintessential ingredients. See below for our ingredients that complete the Recipe for Workspace Success:
1. Preheat your organization to HIGH on Collaboration.
In what is becoming a melting pot for multi-generational workforce communities, opportunities for collaboration and the exchange of ideas is helping organizations blend some boundaries and encourage face-to-face interactions. As mentioned in Destination Collaboration:
- “Many organizations are complementing their current office design with collaboration hubs for employees to step away from their personal work space into a place where they can be inspired and exchange ideas with colleagues.”
- The top two benefits of the office are being able to get things done more efficiently face-to-face (53%) and feeling a greater sense of team cohesion (48%).
- Collaboration hubs provide employees with a unique location to step away from focused work to interact and share ideas with colleagues.
This team cohesion and accountability during a collaborative session to achieve a common goal also directly relates to project success. Recently written in Tips on Creating an Healthy, Efficient and Positive Work Environment: “Statistics show that people are at their most efficient when they work in teams – a phenomena called synergy, which states that the combined output of a team is more than the output of each individual added together.”
2. Add Communication, with a dash of Creativity.
Two heads are better than one, right? Exchanging thoughts creatively in a collaborative environment where open communication is valued can have a boom of creative ideas:
“Communication – or good communication – is the cornerstone of an effective working environment. Promoting two-way communication between peers and across hierarchical lines, establishing a strong network of communication, as well as having an open-door policy automatically makes working much more easier and effective for everyone, from the top of the organization to the bottom. It also promotes idea-generation – something that can be very useful in a small business, and boosts creativity.” (Tips on Creating an Healthy, Efficient and Positive Work Environment.)
3. Stir in Curious Millennials.
With the millennial workforce on the rise, collaborative opportunities and access to groundbreaking technology can both attract and retain the fastly growing Millennial workforce. As mentioned in Generations ‘Brush Up Against One Another’ at Work:
- Millennial Branding projected that millennials will make up 36 percent of the U.S. workforce in 2014, and by 2025, that number is projected to reach 75 percent of the global workforce.
- A 2012 report by LifeCourse, an organization led by renowned generations researcher and expert Neil Howe, reflects that millennials value the way technology can help them stay constantly connected and collaborate with colleagues to accomplish more.
- Gen Xers want cutting-edge technology in the workplace also, but for different reasons, according to the report. Gen Xers tend to value technology to empower them as individuals, cut out useless middlemen and create more streamlined efficiency.
Additionally, Forbes further identified these innate needs in Gen Y and the Collaborative Workplace:
“Generation-Y, or as some generationalists define – workers born from 1976-1991, represent a new class of employee: one shaped with a deep appreciation of technology combined with a desire to work collaboratively as teams versus seeking advancement solely on the basis of individual contribution. Interestingly, studies have shown that this new generation of employee not only thrives in highly collaborative workplaces, but is now making this a key requirement in selecting where to work.”
4. Mix Well with Cutting-Edge Technology.
T1Visions’ InTouch Interactive Walls easily transform office spaces into more dynamic environments. Deliberately large in size, these walls are designed to leave an impression on not just a handful of people, but an entire organization. The screen can be split into separate active areas – allowing for people to interact collectively or individually. Software is designed for multi-touch, multi-user, and multi-application use – enabling multiple people to simultaneously share and operate inTouch products for more connected, digitalized, and engaging experiences.
The perfect mixing tool to combine collaboration, communication, creativity, and curious millennials – this cutting edge technology brings our workspace recipe to completion. Click below to see the inTouch wall in action: