These observations allow your Workplace Expert to optimise the performance of your business.
Drawing attention to adjacencies and proximity to key functions within the workplace which could improve communication, time management and efficiency, as well as those which would have a negative impact.
By liaising with departments and the individuals within them, it is possible to identify the optimum adjacencies and orientation of departments and work functions throughout the workplace that will eventually assist in how the workplace should be planned.
This data will also allow scenarios to be drawn up and included within the Workplace Strategy that outline how best to occupy both single floorplates and properties that dictate occupation across multiple floors. In the latter instance, the ability to forecast the ideal ‘stacking’ scenario for an organisation, prior to searching for new premises, can significantly reduce property search timescales.
Your Workplace Expert’s observations allow them to optimise the performance of personnel and their work environment by drawing attention to adjacencies, proximity to key functions within the workplace and the set up of their immediate work environment, which could improve communication, time management and efficiency.
By liaising directly with key individuals as well as the department heads and senior management who come into contact with them, it is possible to identify the optimum adjacencies and configuration of their work environment that will ultimately assist in how the workplace should be planned.
This data will also allow scenarios to be drawn up and included within the Workplace Strategy that dictate spatial requirements and even the ideal planning grids that a building would have to posses in order to support an optimised environment.
The Workplace Study requires ongoing observation, to challenge and analyse the various functions of the workplace.
This ongoing study of all aspects of an organisation can be broken down into a series of different ‘workplace areas’.
The findings of many Workplace Studies show that the majority of organisations do not truly understand the use, benefits or standards associated with these areas. There is also a fundamental lack of understanding of how they should be implemented in a new environment.
As part of the Workplace Study and through interaction and communication across all levels of an organisation, your Workplace Expert can begin to guide and inform you how to implement the basic principles of the many areas, to make up a workplace.
The remainder of this chapter is dedicated to explaining each workplace setting and providing guidance on the basic principles. These are then reviewed in order to arrive at a Workplace Strategy that informs what space standards should be utilised and what areas of a workplace should be implemented in the new environment.
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