Four Considerations To Reconstruct Your Work Environment
- December 16, 2021
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Many business executives are forced to evaluate their approach to their workplace environment. Below are four key points for consideration:
How can you create an effective and dynamic training environment in your new workspace?
Training and how it’s delivered can be critical to the success of new hires and the continued growth of existing employees. Now is the time to consider the work setting that will support your corporate goals. Here are some questions to consider:
- Is training done in person, computer-based, or demonstration-based?
- What tools are used to connect with staff during the training
- Is training individual or group based?
Workplace design trend: Individual training spaces
Workplace design is moving toward personal device-based training and moving away from formal training rooms and auditoriums.
As a full-service design-build firm, Verona works with companies to guide conversations around training. Many clients are now interested in incorporating training spaces into their new offices. With the right design, your training space can be multiple functional. For example, operable partitions walls for dividing the space into multiple areas for breakout sessions.
How can you consider connectivity in your next workspace?
Connectivity has become more important than ever in an increasingly hybrid work economy. Now is the time to think about how you want people to connect in your workplace. The biggest oversight leaders make with flexible, connected spaces is not sharing expectations with their employees. Staff must know the purpose of each space to use it effectively. Be transparent about expectations and organize a policy.
Consider this: Conduct a survey or interview your employees about how they want to connect with your future space. Getting ahead of these important change management decisions helps define your vision.
How can you consider community in the next iteration of your workspace?
A sense of community in your workspace can have a strong impact on employee engagement and organizational culture. Now is the time to think about the types of work settings you need to foster a sense of community in your workspace. Here are some things to consider:
- Develop a space that focuses on brand, comfort, and warmth.
- Aim for equality in your physical working environment.
- Create flexible spaces where people are encouraged and empowered to adjust their work settings to fit their needs.
Workplace design trend: Create spaces that are residentially comfortable and feel like home.
How can mentorship be considered in your workspace?
Lack of mentorship and a clear path for career development has been identified as a big challenge of working in a remote environment. Now is the time to think about ways to create environments and policies that allow people to perceive professional and personal growth. Like most interpersonal, relationship-focused interactions, mentorship is more meaningful face to face. The biggest mistake leaders make is forgetting to establish a clear path forward for employees. You will struggle to retain valuable leaders in development if your workplace does not support their growth. Encourage connectivity, provide a strong, positive organizational culture, and offer access to established, respected leaders for guidance and feedback for development.
We understand the complexity of these four topics and help facilitate conversations that you need to have with your internal team. We look forward to working to prepare you and your team to have educated, structured conversations to communicate your vision with your team.
For a free workplace consultation, get in touch with us.