The workplace is an adaptable and ever changing experience that can be sculpted around the things that matter most to your workforce. It’s important that when under going workplace planning, the data you collect in regard to future workplace options is in depth and accurate.
Workplace Strategy and Data
Just like all other parts of a business, the workplace must be used as a tool for competitive advantage. Before a workplace strategy can be created, we must first assess the space with the appropriate workplace studies. These studies bring to light the way in which the organisation currently uses the space and what could be possible in the future.
This information is then then outputted to created a strategic approach that best suits your workforce and office environment. Advanced Workplace Associates (AWA) have found that the key to effective workplace management is gathering the right data and interpreting it the right way.
You may be thinking… “What is workplace data?” – don’t worry as this is a common question that organisations do not give enough thought to. Workplace data includes such things as information from workplace utilisation studies, factors effecting employee performance and feedback and also, characteristics impacting workplace culture and workspace design. It takes a variety of tools and processes to understand the patterns of use surrounding the work environment, and a workplace consultant to interpret his information.
Workplace data is based on your organisation’s employees. Employees are, in essence, your most vital asset, and your workplace should be used to empower their performance. Office design ideas and workplace changes often forget to consider the needs of employees. AWA have found that more successful businesses are ones that put human performance at the core of their workplace strategy.
Workplace strategies can achieve a variety of different things that can add incredible business value to your organisation. For example, we at AWA have conducted research projects about improving knowledge worker productivity. This piece of research discovered 6 factors that can influence the productivity levels of your workers. Imagine boosting the speed and quality of your employees just by adding in the right ingredients to your workplace, some of which are obvious but forgotton.
Additionally, AWA have explored cognitive performance. We learnt what conditions have been proven to foster your employee’s cognitive fitness and allow them to work at their optimum. These papers have changed the future of work and empowered organisations world-wide.
AWA encourage you to think about what your workplace strategy is doing for your employees. Consider if your workspace strategy is empowering or hindering your workplace performance. If you are interested in re-working your workplace strategy, or require a workplace consultant to gather data, please make contact with Advanced Workplace Associates today.