The professional services industry has grown and diversified as knowledge workers continue to advance and learn. The business management and consulting industry itself has developed into a large spectrum of specialty fields (such as change management, data migration, marketing consulting and more) that work to improve the knowledge economy across organisations. Workplace management is a consulting specialty that focuses on the workplace, workspace design and workspace experience. Furthermore, a workplace consultant is a professional who is employed to modernise the workplace by introducing new concepts, new ways of working (eg – activity based working) and improve employee efficiency.
What Does a Workplace Consultant do?
Each organisation and its workplace contains many dynamics and factors to consider when trying to manage and optimise it. In order to achieve the desired future of work, the workplace consultant will firstly review the current situation. In the experience of AWA, our workplace strategy consultant will first review your physical workplace design and its assets (technology), perform a workplace utilisation study and then learn about your organisations people. By gathering the appropriate workspace data and analytics, a concise and tailored workplace strategy can be formulated in order to achieve the agreed upon workplace vision.
Additionally, workplace consultant’s aim to develop the workspace by implementing change management models and frameworks. One can say that a workplace consultant has the same mentality and functionality as a change consultant. Equipped with updated research and management methodologies, the workplace consultant will apply these methods according to the behavioural changes the orgnaisation needs to see. In order to transition your companies people into a more efficient and productive way of working.
Ultimately, the aim of the workplace consultant is to design a workplace experience that will enhance the performance of your employees. Further to the design, they will enable its execution by guiding your organisation throughout the transition.
What Qualifications and Experience do Workplace Consultants have?
Successful workplace consultants typically have qualifications in a discipline such as strategy, architecture, space planning, workplace design, change management, experience design, human factors or service management. They blend this expertise with generalist skills relating to business management, data analysis, problem solving, leadership, facilitation, communication and technology – enabling them to take a holistic approach.
Critically, the best workplace consultants know how the pieces of the jigsaw (i.e. the people, physical space, technology and information environment) connect and depend on each other for success – in a way that a specialist may not entirely grasp.
They are experienced in crafting the right combination of integrated solutions to respond to each client’s needs and working with other specialists and generalists as a team.
When to approach a Workplace Consultant
In the experience of AWA, a common time to approach a workplace consultant is when organisations are planning an office relocation or office refurbishment, that way they can optimise their workplace and people from the beginning of the new journey. Additionally, when transitioning to a more agile workplace design, it is essential that a workplace strategy consultant is present to smooth the transition and behaviour change.
Advanced Workplace Associates and Workplace Management
Our team at Advanced Workplace Associates (AWA) are highly qualified and respected workplace management consultants, having worked with organisations on a global scale. Our workplace consultancy has introduced numerous pieces of research and has been leading the workplace industry with our developments. AWA helped develop, The Workplace Management Framework, which has been recognised internationally by the likes of IFMA and other large-scale workplace industry organisations. The framework provides an excellence model for the modern-day workspace, containing a flawless success rate.
Our workplace consultants are capable of optimising your workplace to improve knowledge worker productivity and cognitive performance. Additionally, our workplace consultants are able to transition your organisation into new ways of working, including agile working and flexible working.
If you require assistance in your workplace, or perhaps are interested in the latest workplace strategy trends, contact an AWA workplace consultant by submitting an enquiry. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advanced Workplace Associates are headquartered in London, United Kingdom (UK) and New York, United States of America (USA). We work across the globe, this includes Europe, the Middle East, South America and Asia.