Designing a workplace that creates opportunities for workers to socialize extends beyond just offering communal spaces. Lighting, materials, and ambiance all play a role in creating a welcoming, healthy environment for employees to forge the meaningful relationships that are key to the modern workplace. After all, collaboration is essential to the success of the modern workplace, and staff socialization is the first step to forging the bonds that make it possible.
Read on to learn how modern office design can better support employee wellness by promoting relationships and encouraging social interaction.
Allwork points out that staff socialization and encouraging organic interactions should be at the core of any successful workplace design. Despite the rise of messaging options making office communication easier, the value of face to face interactions can’t be replaced when it comes to creative collaboration.
Offering a flexible work environment is an easy way to invigorate workers to move throughout the day and work in a way most comfortable to them and others. Business.com highlights the benefits of flexible offices that encourage employee movement, collaboration and communication – all of which increase productivity. These flexible, open spaces for gathering allow for more opportunities to meet, talk, and work face to face.
Promoting wellness in the workplace creates new avenues for employees to connect, and creates a sense of belonging. AZBigMedia.com points out that offering spaces for employees to connect physically, such as outdoor areas, puts a more complete focus on wellness within the workplace; encouraging a healthy lifestyle, and ensuring everyone is at their best and feels welcome to work together.
By increasing natural light and adding elements of nature like plants to flexible workspaces, Business.com found that employee engagement and productivity increased by up to 15%. Making these changes creates a healthier overall work environment which prompts a happier, more energized, workforce to get up, move, and take advantage of the flexible workspaces to collaborate and focus in groups.
Gone are the days of individual, drab workspaces. Ladders reported in a recent Steelcase study that personalization of the workplace leads to a more streamlined workflow and greater collaboration amongst team members. Creating space for employees to freely shift furniture and elements allows employees to find new ways to use spaces together in social and collaborative ways.
Incorporating art into the office also has the potential to create a sense of connection with the local environment, and fosters a sense of connection between employees. According to AZBigMedia.com, showcasing local artists can be a great way to bring together employees around common themes and create discussion points for workers taking advantage of public spaces within the office.
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