Work Place + Work Style = Work Smart

Working smarter is a key objective for most organisations. Doing more with less and not compromising the service or product is often top of the list. So what part does the place we work in play in the equation?

Work place + work style = work smartWorking smarter is a key objective for most organisations. Doing more with less and not compromising the service or product is often top of the list.

So what part does the place we work in play in the equation?

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Bigger office losers are more successful than tried & true methods

Smart kiwi managers are waking up to the potential savings on offer by consolidating and shedding excess office space. The trends are fascinating to observe. Some smart & creative thinking is emerging and it’s far more sophisticated than a simple shoe horn approach to cramming more people into a space…

Bigger office losers are more successful than tried & true methodsSmart kiwi managers are waking up to the potential savings on offer by consolidating and shedding excess office space.

The trends are fascinating to observe. Some smart & creative thinking is emerging and it’s far more sophisticated than a simple shoe horn approach to cramming more people into a space.

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The upside of downsizing

The term downsizing is a relatively new jargon word in the English language. And it is one that always has a negative connotation. When it comes to downsizing space in a workplace…

The term downsizing is a relatively new jargon word in the English language. And it is one that always has a negative connotation. To most people it means something is going to be lost; a job, a product or service, or space.

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Intelligent pruning vs. slash & burn

There’s a wide spectrum when it comes to the quality and expense of fitting out a work place. The design, atmosphere, and efficiency of a work place is important when it comes to having a great work culture that attracts the best staff and underpins high levels of performance and productivity. In today’s volatile economic conditions, a lot of…

There’s a wide spectrum when it comes to the quality and expense of fitting out a work place.

The design, atmosphere, and efficiency of a work place is important when it comes to having a great work culture that attracts the best staff and underpins high levels of performance and productivity.

In today’s volatile economic conditions, a lot of Continue reading “Intelligent pruning vs. slash & burn”

The Open Plan versus Cellular Office Debate is Over!

Managing property to (a) minimise cost, (b) maximise the ability to implement business strategies, (c) enable staff to be productive, and (d) include green design – is sustainable practice.

A topic of hot discussion in many workplaces and board rooms over the last decade has been whether to stick with separate office spaces or go open plan. From a straight accounting point of view, open plan offices allowed for a direct calculation allowing on average 10 to 15 square metres per person. However, many staff used to argue the toss for separate offices for reasons ranging from status to need for privacy.

Today, this debate has become irrelevant as mobile staff have increasingly diverse needs for meeting places and gathering spaces as much as separate offices and open plan work stations.

Increasing numbers of staff work from home, or out in the field, but retain a need for a base to come to, catch up with team members and, check in with colleagues, administrators and managers.

This trend has impacts on the balance sheet including the cost of leased space as well as the work place environment required to attract and retain quality staff. For instance, 150 staff may only need 120 work spaces, which can lead to significant savings.

And the shift towards more tailor made work environments offers the opportunity for a funkier design to assist in retaining staff in work places they can enjoy. At the same time it also offers opportunities to ensure sustainable design is incorporated. In New Zealand, interest in effective work-life balance in the workplace is here to stay.