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Open plan workplace design can take many forms

Common complaints such as high noise-levels, distractions, bad lighting and impersonal spaces are generally the result of the client brief and/or design team inadequately understanding the nature of employee's work and the important role of supporting spaces and technologies that workers require in an open environment.

For example, diverse meeting spaces, quiet concentration rooms and informal spaces are all required in an open plan design to allow discussions to occur away from those who are concentrating on focused individual work.
There are also technology requirements, as employees need to be able to move between different spaces and access information in a variety of locations. Badly designed workspaces, open plan or otherwise, that do not fully address these types of requirements will necessarily have a negative impact upon staff.

The critical question is; ‘How will the whole of the workplace support the way our people work and help them be more effective?’ and goes beyond being simply a question of open plan or enclosed offices.

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Workplace strategy_

provides an opportunity to plan your new workplace to maximise the value of the initial and ongoing financial investment in both your workspace and staff.  The objective is to create alignment between workplace and business objectives.
Developing a Workplace Strategy together with your Project Co-ordination Group can provide an important part of the change process.

We reassess how and why space is and is not being used, and who is using it. This helps us to identify opportunities to generate increased flexibility, efficiency and multi-function spaces that both stimulate development and maximise the value of your accommodation.
We seek to understand your business strategy, your organisational culture and your marketing and human resources strategy to enable us to align these with your work environment.  During the Workplace Strategy process we work together with you our client in an intense collaborative process to:

  • Analyse current and future business strategy and process.
  • Explore the relationship between your business process and use of space.
  • Develop an understanding of your organisational culture, and identify the qualities you value and want to promote through workplace design
  • Understand your corporate brand and identity. Develop a workplace brand (look and feel) that reinforces your position and values.
  • Understand the activities and needs of different groups including management, different business units, teams, individuals and clients.
  • Analyse individual and collaborative work style including the mix of process and concentration tasks and the types of individual and collaborative activities undertaken.

From this we can work together to confirm existing and/or establish new benchmarks for you’re workplace design including_

  • Spatial relationships and flows between different individuals and teams.
  • Develop design approach for generic standardised individual and collaborative work settings and support spaces.

Other types of spaces (formal and informal meeting rooms, mail room, document sorting rooms, staff breakout areas, etc).
Area schedules and space forecasts.