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The dream office: open, creative and conciliatory spaces.

In order to have a happy workforce is not enough to offer well-located offices or good furniture, because a good workplace has a significant impact on the employee’s productivity. According to several studies, there is a large number of workers who do not believe that their work space allows them to be as effective as possible. To achieve an optimal experience, an ‘open space’ offices can help to promote creativity such as ‘brainstorming’ rooms, ‘coworkings’ or facilities that help with the personal life of the employees, such as medical consultations or day care centers.

In general, we spend much of our daily time in the office and this space will be a determining factor in employee productivity and happiness. In the Spanish offices, certain old patterns are still active that perhaps, in the 21st century, they should be obsolete and are harmful to employees their day-to-day basis. This is the case, for example, of the “open spaces” global trend, in Spain the percentage of these spaces compared to the total number of offices is only the 56%. This also means more concentration of employees in the same space, 76 employees on average per office in Spain compared to 45 employees per office worldwide. This factor makes that one of the main concerns regarding work is referred by employees is precisely the space to work effectively. According to studies, workspaces have an extraordinary influence on employees’ commitment, since those who claim that their work space is very effective for the development of their work show a higher level of commitment than those who do not consider it Nothing effective, with a difference of 56% compared to 16%.

Another element highly valued by the employees of an office is innovation, where there is still a long way to improve by Spanish companies. In Spain, workers spend two thirds of their working day at their work table and more than half of employees would change their office for another place with better secondary and innovative spaces. What spaces are they referring to? For example, those more creative rooms such as those dedicated to brainstorming, whose presence is now only in 28% of Spanish offices.

Beyond creativity, employees also value very positively those jobs that allow them to reconcile with family life or stays for their health. For example, to have medication rooms or medical consultations within the offices, meditation rooms, gym or facilities for children, etc.

In case of medical rooms, for example, it is something where every worker would gain,because in this way, companies could considerably reduce absences in their employees’ working time due to medical reasons and, in turn, employees could have a health service throughout your workday. These medical consultations are a benefit that is only resolved, according to the Spanish workers’ statute, for offices with more than 200 employees, something that is happening less and less.

In conclusion, Spanish offices should increase the number of spaces that encourage concentration, as well as other innovative and dedicated to the health and welfare of the employee. In addition, it would be very interesting to promote the mobility of workers and promote the entrepreneurial spirit of each of them with creative areas and spaces that offer more freedom and inspiration.