Making Workspaces Work

Author: Liz Dolan
Date: August 3, 2016

As more and more offices embrace open plan workspace, the need to maximise desk space can be to the detriment of getting the most from your team.

The key to an effective open plan workspace is to ensure there is a combination of both individual and group work areas. Also key to an effective design are natural daylight, heating and cooling, and the general amenities within the space.

There is no ‘One Size Fits All’ rule when designing office space. Each client has individual needs based on their own work and team structure, and it’s about bringing the work environment in to the future whilst enabling the existing functions of the business to continue and to allow the space to adapt to future market forces and requirements.

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The International Well Building Institute (IWBI) focus on the interest of the people who are occupying the space in buildings, and they have set the WELL Building Standard® (WELL) which measures attributes of buildings that impact occupant health by looking at seven key areas;

Air – Optimising indoor air quality.

Water – Optimising the water quality using filters where required and ensuring easy access to water stations within the space.

Nourishment – Encourage healthy eating habits by providing occupants with healthier food choices

Light – Minimise disruption to the body’s circadian rhythm. Requirements for window performance and design, light output and lighting controls, and task-appropriate illumination levels are included to improve energy, mood and productivity.

Fitness – Utilize building design technologies and knowledge-based strategies to encourage physical activity.

Comfort – Create an indoor environment that is distraction-free, productive, and soothing. Solutions include design standards and recommendations, thermal and acoustic controllability, and policy implementation covering acoustic and thermal parameters that are known sources of discomfort.

Mind – Support mental and emotional health, providing the occupant with regular feedback and knowledge about their environment through design elements, relaxation spaces, and state-of-the-art technology.

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The results of WELL office spaces are beginning to be seen with CBRE’s employees in Los Angeles reporting back to say;

  • 83%

    Feel more productive

  • 100%

    said clients are interested in their new way of working

  • 92%

    said the new space has created a positive effect on their health and well-being.

  • 94%

    said that the new space has a positive impact on their business performance

  • 93%

    said that they are able to more easily collaborate with others

Source: CBRE Global Corporate Headquarters Los Angeles, California, Workplace 360 Study. 2014.

In Mortar & More we are continually looking in to data and analysis from across the globe to uncover both industry and client-specific insights which enables us to implement and maximise the changes in innovation and organisational performance through our collaborations with our clients.

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