Serraview: How do you go from a lifeless to a lively workplace?


Have you ever thought your workplaces were boring and lifeless? Have you ever wondered what could be done to turn your boring and lifeless workplaces around? Once I inherited boring, lifeless workplaces. When you find yourself in this situation, you may be tempted to adopt the latest workplace trend. Remote working. Open office. Free address. Co-working. Back to the office. But how do you know that any of these trends will work for your business?

Step 1: Gather Data & Create Design Principles

“The role of the workplace strategist is to get to know the organization in a really deep way,” says Randy Howder, Gensler workplace strategist in Interior Design. “It’s more than just one vision session. It’s really living with the client, like how Frank Lloyd Wright used to go live with clients, to really respond to the environment.” To get to know your company and inform your workplace strategy, gather the data…

Step 2: Engage People in the Design & Create a Design that Engages

To create a design that engages people, start by engaging people in the design. If you prefer a more structured approach, consider ideation workshops or design thinking. If you prefer a less structured approach, consider focus groups or just talking with people… Identify the different styles of work at your company. They may vary within a business or function. They’re likely the same for one type of job or group of jobs. In technology companies and companies with a lot of technology…

Step 3: Lead the Change

Take accountability for leading the change. Dedicate time and resources to it, and get help when you need it. Communicate early and often. Leading the change is much easier if you’re completing or you already completed Steps 1 and 2. Steps 1 and 2 help you make the case for your workplace strategy with facts and figures, as well as feelings. Take accountability if and when the going gets tough…

[Admin: This post is related to the 04.18.17 post about workplace transformation strategies, and the 04.13.17 post about Serraview space management. To see other related posts, use the Serraview tag.]

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