The environment in which we work directly impacts our productivity and morale. Advances in technology have increased agile and remote working options, meaning workplaces must offer more flexibility than ever before.
Workplace architecture and atmosphere influence performance and well being. Activity-based working zones give employees choices about how, when, and where they work. If businesses define and design zones by latest visual appeal and hot trend, they can overlook functional and ergonomic specifications that achieve goals of high performance and workspace wellness.
Where is Activity-based Working?
Activity-based working gives employees choices about how, when and where they work. This means an office worker should be equipped with – and for – a choice of settings suited to different types of essential tasks. These options would alleviate past hindrances to performing activities in all the wrong places, i.e. “whatever space came available would have to do.”
How to determine the right workspace for each type of activity-based work? The location should meet the needs of the job role, the number of employees (one, two or groups), the collaborative purpose, and the different interactions among individual members. Working zones also should address ergonomic related specifications particular to each setting.
What are the Top Working Zones?
We’ve identified five that every workplace should have to reach optimum performance and workspace wellness:
Work areas inhabited by a team to foster team spirit, from high-energy sales environments to dedicated project zones that require a mix of focus and collaboration.
Individuals escape distractions of busy open-plan environments in specially created quiet spaces. Focus zones also can hotel contractors, employees from other locations, and visitors needing a temporary desk.
Informal breakout areas are keys to collaborative tasks and provide a place to exchange ideas, while clusters of desks without dividing panels facilitate open communication.
Secure areas to hold private conversations, process confidential information or share knowledge without distractions. They range from traditional smaller conference or training rooms to contemporary privacy pods or phone booths.
In today’s accessible and available 24/7 work world, employees need spaces where they can switch off and recharge their batteries. Examples include cafeterias, lounges, game areas or onsite gym.
More than Meets the Eye.
Creating ergonomically equipped environments to suit different tasks and activities goes beyond giving space a certain look or vibe. A trained eye and attention to detail ensure that less apparent employee health and workspace wellness factors are not overlooked when architecting and furnishing areas.
What can employers miss when creating specialized workspaces? Our next Ergo Blog will examine key aspects for creating ergonomically sound working zones.
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