Considering a workplace redesign in 2018? 5 considerations you have to make

2018 is here! Perhaps it is time to give your physical surroundings a service check? If you’re considering a workplace redesign in 2018, we have lined up 5 strategic consideration you have to make!

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On average, we spend 40 hours at work every week. That considered, feeling comfortable and productive at work is important.  Therefore, businesses must continuously consider whether the workplace design is in balance with the organizational demands for future outcomes and work processes. The beginning of the new year might be just the right time to ask; is the office space hindering rather than promoting the strategies of the organization?

Workplace redesign requires process planning, communication and cross-organizational engagement

Workplace redesign requires a steady focus on project and process planning. When re-designing workspace, and deciding which spaces can ideally support or improve performance – top management needs to take the lead in ensuring that the process continually reflects the company’s development strategies.

Communication and engagement are another two crucial factors in a successful change process.

Consequently, HR and communication departments should be involved in encouraging the changes. Organizations often have limited experience in balancing complex relationships between space, behavior, strategies and organizational performance.

Therefore, it would be a good idea to have an adviser who can assist with involving and communicating change process and connect top managements criteria of success and demands for outcome to the future workplace design.

An advisor, who can deliver an analysis of the ‘here and now’-situation and link the analysis to people and employee management and desired future ways of working. What strategic re-design is necessary to support and facilitate the goals of the organization?

It is often the case that everyone wants organizational development but nobody wants to change their behavior or habits. Resistance to changes and insecurity surface, because top management is unable to formulate the success criteria for the change. When managers lose confidence in leading the change process, they start making exceptions and replicate old habits.

Well communicated and fully implemented change strategy will create an opportunity to generate better organizational performance and ensure that unproductive and inefficient habit and behaviors are not replicated.  To turn your service check and re-design project into success here are some strategic considerations that you need to keep in mind: