People are rebelling against the uninspiring sea of sameness that has come to be known as the office.

Need inspiration at the office? Could your workspace inspire you? The answer is, YES!

Inspiring workspaces offer spaces for people to collaborate, to focus, to lounge and to socialize. Fun and function need to work in harmony to build an engaging office.

Below are a few things to think through while creating a space to inspire others. 

DESIRE VS. REALITY: 53% of people say that they can’t find the right type of spaces they need while 40% say they dont have enough informal space.

  • More views of nature or greenery
  • Better support for informal interactions
  • More access to private space for acoustic and visual privacy
  • Better ergonomics

THE AGE FACTOR: Younger and older generations agree—everyone likes informal spaces and uses them regularly—but for different reasons. Millennial’s are more likely to use dining/bar spaces to do focus work while older generations use these spaces for collaboration and socialization. Lounge spaces are used by millennial’s as a place for privacy while older generations use these spaces socially. Millennial’s are also more likely to use a wider range of informal spaces and to adjust their furniture, where older employees tend to pick favorite spots to use and leave their furniture settings alone.

CULTURE SHIFT: On average organizations based in India and China have the lowest I/Owned Workstations and the highest We/Owned and We/Shared workspaces. Organizations in the U.S. and Germany are more traditional and provide more I/Owned workstations.

HIERARCHY OF OFFICE NEEDS: Just as people have basic needs in life life food, water and safety, people have different needs at work too. In the office, organizations must provide people with technology, a diverse range of spaces that support different types of work and permission to use these spaces if they expect them to thrive. Most organizations only provide people with the technology and permission to work in informal spaces. But what’s missing is the range of spaces where people want to work that support their physical, cognitive and emotional well being.

 

Purposeful work deserves meaningful places that blend design, materiality and performance — how a space performs is just as critical as how it looks and feels. – Steelcase