Co-constructing a workplace that works

Starting at the source, a workplace that works is about equipping the employee with the means to do their best work in any location.

From an employer’s standpoint, it’s essential to develop formulas for funding physical tools (seating, desks, partitioning, whiteboards) and digital services (conversation channels, thinking spaces, making places).

Expect the optimal design to emerge in the coming years because most workplace furnishings have been designed for a limited idea of the corporate office. For example, if the best ergonomic chair makes people think purely of the office, it might feel like the wrong chair for working at home.

Open a whole new conversation about economics. Refactor annual budgets that consider the hybrid office. Budget for investments in people; how they anticipate, skill-up and transition for the future of work.

Design in context: Consider designs that bring elements of home into the building. What is home in an office setting? What does home mean to the employee and to the company culture? A vital source of creativity exists at the boundary between formal and informal workspaces.