Summer feels like a lifetime ago and, with the wintry weather, the gloomy starts and the even darker evenings, it’s understandable that many of us are starting to daydream about the Christmas break. However, with businesses pushing to meet their end of year goals, a drop in productivity is something companies could do without right now.
But what can organisations do to provide a long-term boost to employee productivity? The answer, which may well be staring you in the face as we speak, could lie in the layout of your office.
As Marketing Tech notes, there have been many discussions over the years as to what the ideal office layout looks like. From open plan, to hot desks, to designated work spaces, office design trends can be seen in workplaces all over the country.
Not only do offices need to be efficient, encourage creativity, and provide workers with a nice environment, the workplace also needs to foster productivity and drive people to want to work – after all, it can’t all be slides and ball pits! But the person you’re sitting next to could have a bigger impact on productivity than the office environment.
That’s according to a recent report from digital consultancy Red Badger. The research, entitled Agile ways of working: The Great Leadership Disconnect, found that the overwhelming majority (97%) of the 750 senior decision-makers questioned believe overall project efficiency could be boosted by implementing office arrangements that promote collaboration between teams.
What’s more, two thirds (66%) agreed breaking department silos would increase efficiency, 37% felt trust would grow, and 42% thought it would enable the company to focus on broad goals, rather than sticking to departmental ones.
Despite this, 65% of their offices have seating arrangements that are defined by departments and only 14% felt a change to the office layout would be introduced in the next 12 months.
Discussing the findings, Red Badger founder and CEO, Cain Ullah, commented that arranging offices by departments is a “hangover from a time when industrialised workers needed to be closely supervised to ensure that they completed tasks efficiently.”
He added: “In today’s economy, where skilled workers have more autonomy, these seating plans are outdated and, as our research shows, are actually slowing organisations down.”