The balance between ‘me’ and ‘we’ spaces

With open floor plans becoming so popular, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to focus on individual work. We put so much more attention on collaboration, that we are less efficient at sitting down and completing our own tasks, especially when that deadline is approaching.

Working in groups to come up with new and creative solutions is necessary. But there needs to be an area that the team can go to and put those new ideas into action. And without distraction.

There are two primary ways that an office can create that balance of collaborative (we) spaces, and focused, individual work (me) spaces. A distributed model spreads out isolated areas within the open floor design. This can be accomplished by using somewhat closed off cubicles with higher walls. Not only is this a fairly low cost way to allow for focus, but also allows the team to move quickly between the two different types of work areas. Even just a culture of understanding to respect others privacy when working can be enough to allow one to concentrate.

Another model for accommodating both styles of work is to create a quiet zone away from collaborative work areas. This could be a completely separate floor, or just a portion of the office that is tucked away from the noise. This way each worker can decide what the best place to work is depending on the specific project that they are engaged in.

When it comes to balancing the “me and we” spaces, flexibility is everything. Giving the team options and the ability to decide what works best for them and their particular piece of work is the most important thing. The best and most successful offices offer a range of options for its team. Even promoting a culture in which there is a respect for those that have their head down and are concentrated can make a huge difference in improving the balance.

 

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The Millennials Are Moving Up. What Does That Mean For Business? 

It seems like only yesterday we started talking about millennials in the workplace. However, considering the fact that millennials were born between 1978 and 2004, the oldest are now approaching 37. They’re already a major part of our work culture. In fact, by 2025, this generation will make up 75% of the global workforce – which means organizations are considering an entirely new challenge: preparing millennials for management and executive roles.

Generally speaking, millennials are a tolerant, curious, positive, sharing, connected, flexible, generation that are true to themselves. You may have already noticed that millennial team members tend to thrive when they are allowed extra space and time to brainstorm and explore new ideas, while remaining close to their teammates for mentorship and connection.

Many millennials cannot imagine a point in time where the world was not available at their fingertips. Their up-to-the-minute understanding of innovative solutions, round-the-clock availability and global engagement will keep an organization ahead of the curve in today’ constantly shifting technological landscape.

Integrating a work culture and design space that reduces boundaries will allow an organization to get the most out of millennials fresh, entrepreneurial perspective. This could include incorporating flexible work hours or remote work opportunities into your employee offering. Traditional office spaces will be a thing of the past leading to a new way of envisioning work space design.

Creating an environment and culture that fosters growth and professional development in a unique and customized manner will not only streamline workflow and enhance productivity – it will help you retain key innovators – allowing you to build a leadership team that is well ahead of the future.

 

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