For millennia, businesses have been trying to achieve new heights in employee efficiency, while keeping costs at a minimum. The endless search for the optimal strategy to maximize efficiency has yielded both successful methods as well as failed ideas. Here’s a few things that can be helpful with improving workplace efficiency via better architecture.
Over time, corporations have realized that restricting employees to routine work – confining them to separate workspaces, and generally following a theory X management style – does not yield results.
Man is a social animal, and research has proved that productivity does generally grow with increased communication and interaction within the workforce. Open spaces are replacing cubicles, shared workplaces are being preferred over solitary desks. And with proven results. A study conducted by the Harvard Business Review discovered a positive correlation between two factors: interaction between salespersons, and their sales.
Their solution? Redesigning the way employees met at coffee machines. A complete redesign of the cafeteria, with reallocation of coffee machines among employees, resulted in a 20% increase in sales, or $200 million, or let’s say a sign towards an improving workplace efficiency. Read Workspaces That Move People.
It all boils down to what the business is about. One firm might require increased employee collision, leading to brainstorming sessions and increased employee input. Another might require designs that help improve the general aesthetic of a building.
The days of monotonous management, authoritative leadership, and alienation are over. Workspaces are now designed according to the employees and not the other way around. And architecture is one of the crucial factors behind a company’s success, or failure.