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Offices with emotions and values, the new key to productivity

Nature at work is changing and spaces must be adapted to drive the digital transformation and agile methodologies. Promote the welfare of employees of a company improves your mood and productivity. Of course, each company must adapt to the sector and find your best design, adapting to what suits you, there is no single recipe.

Thus, a slide that serves ladder, poufs instead of chairs and tables and recreational areas to clear the mind. This is not the description of a spiritual retreat area but the Google headquarters in San Francisco (EE. UU.). The technology giant is one of the top references in what new office is concerned. Their offices have become places of work smart and tailored to the needs of the team, in which the welfare and technology are integrated to achieve more efficient and happy employees.

 The classic model office is disappearing and, today, the goal is create different areas that fit people into the digital age and the various new ways of working. It is estimated that employee productivity could improve by up to 35% with a suitable appropriate cultural, digital and spatial change.

This mentality is starting to sink in and more and more companies are aware of the importance of good design spaces.


Basic elements

More than a decade, they began leaving office having many offices and began to set up as open and airy spaces without any division. This fact did not work because the work places have to be modular with facilities that allow any type of activity. To meet the needs of today, every office should have a number of essential areas:

 – Colaborative spaces. The meeting rooms are not the place where they collaborate the most, since employees tend to share their points of view from their usual position, in the islands of work. A wall is a very powerful barrier to communication.

 – Spaces for socialization and learning for information exchange. But that does not mean you have to end all enclosed areas.

 Areas for concentration or good sized rooms work.

 – Rest areas. To gain productivity in the company, companies have to work on the energy level of its employees.


The most common risks

 The lack of privacy is one of the major drawbacks of this type of space if not designed well, this happens, especially in wide open places of work and insists that you have to combine different spaces. There is also the risk that companies implement new models of office just because it is fashionable, without thinking about what your computer needs. Another red line to consider is the noise that occurs in places where many people live. This is confirmed by the Stress and open-office noise Gary Cornell University (EE. UU.). According to research “noise offices open style leads to higher stress levels and lowers employee motivation”. Noise meters and insulating materials are a good option to combat this aspect.


Custom spaces

 Although all offices share similar elements, there can not be a standard. It will never be the same for a law firm, where confidentiality is a key factor, than a start-up, where the agility of all processes prevails. While companies recently created it costs less to implement these changes, the trend can not be ignored by large companies.


Smart offices

In a world in which people use technology every day, it can not be missing from work. Not only is it important to connect with a robust Wi-Fi network, but they must also add accessory services, such as collaborative whiteboards to update presentations in real time, video conferencing programs, apps to manage the rooms and a good audio system. Even so, it is not necessary to incorporate the latest technology in a nutshell. A good office is one that adapts to the activity of the company and that is able to customize its furniture to remember its values ​​to employees. Only then will the data that confirm the effectiveness of these models become reality.

 The challenge is to create ecosystems in which work is as comfortable and effective as doing it from the phone itself. Nowadays, even a smartphone can become an office. Each organization must discover what it needs to create environments that favor collaboration, say goodbye to hierarchies and welcome smart offices.