Recognize the Seriousness of Space
Firstly, listening to employees’ thoughts can go a long way; and usually does. Generally, employees who expressed an overall level of happiness with their office environment will often times not only become more engaged but stay engaged. On the other hand, employees who were dissatisfied with their work environment tended to be more disengaged and remain that way.
Importance Of Flexibility
The line between employer and employee may become blurred at times, but one thing should always be compromised: flexibility. More often than not, employees who have more choice and control over their work experience are by and large more engaged. On top of the actual work environment, when people work (flexible schedules) is also something to take into consideration. A recent New York Times Magazine article explains how several companies in today’s day and age are in search of ways to give employees more control, providing them with solutions and options to be as effective as possible.
Usually, highly engaged employees aren’t forced to sit at their desk and usually have the option to choose where they work based on the particular task. When workplaces allow for this flexibility of movement, employees are able to control their own need for privacy, which in turn leaves them more concentrated.
Handling Data Accordingly
In regards to results and studies held within the last few years, employees should be given a level of control over their overall work experience. Engagement in the workplace tends to be a complex topic, mainly because there are several variables to take into account. Redesigning a workplace may solve many engagement issues, but not all of them.
Office Space Should Reflect the Culture
Focusing, Learning, Socializing, and Collaborating are key areas in which need to be available for employees. Giving employees multiple modes of working increases the chance of them being as engaged as possible. Some companies may have an open environment, cubicles, a collaborative innovation hub, a co-working cafe, conference rooms, smaller meetings rooms, and areas for presentations, while others may opt for simplicity. Therefore, by shifting away from a single floor plan, employees will have a better chance of choosing how they work, leaving them as engaged as possible.