The future of work has arrived, and it’s not what you think it is. People today are working differently than they did even five years ago. They are more mobile, more tech savvy, and care more about the quality of their work experience. People come to work to meet with colleagues as much or more than they do to work alone. People want choice of when, where and how to work. They want a rich variety of settings. They want robust technology. Whether your workplace is corporate, healthcare or higher educational, there’s a good chance that you’re experiencing this workplace change.
Creating workplaces that address new ways of working starts with using a new design process. The AreaLogic Workplace Strategy, developed by Dr. Margaret Serrato helps organizations improve space utilization and boost employee engagement by focusing on mobility and collaboration patterns rather than conventional headcount projections and workstation sizes.
A typical AreaLogic Workplace Strategy has four steps that take about one to four weeks, depending on scope.
The first step uses temporary chair sensors for three weeks to confirm space utilization. The results provide insightful, unbiased data to inform planning. Clients can elect to use average industry data in place of a study.
Staff workshops and / or surveys gather information about the ideal attributes of the organization’s workplace. The results include a scorecard that can be compared to post-occupancy results.
Settings and Scenarios
The data from the two previous steps are analyzed to develop settings and scenarios that support workstyle patterns. The number and types of settings is established either for the whole organization or by department.
Concept and Space Syntax
The final step uses Space Syntax to locate settings according to natural patterns of movement and encounter. Concept plans replace conventional test-fits, and include rich settings descriptions.