Chris Lambert had the exciting opportunity to take part in a WorkDesign TALK discussion in late July focused on designing for choice in the workplace. The event was organized by WorkDesign Magazine and moderated by Cheryl Durst, the executive vice president and CEO of IIDA, the International Interior Design Association.
Designers from four other firms took part in the panel and enriched the discussion about how best to create choices for employees in workplaces.
The event proved a hit with a crowd of roughly 100 attendees who asked great questions and fully engaged in the discussion. Fortunately, WorkDesign posted a recap of the event online and was kind enough to include a quote from Chris.
Several key themes emerged from the discussion and are listed below, along with a link to the full recap.
- Employees value concentration and managing distractions just as much as chances to collaborate, and socializing with colleagues has deep value as well. Smart organizations are enabling their teams to navigate easily among spaces designed to support each of these activities.
- Offering more variety in work settings has a degree of correlation with measures of increased employee satisfaction, comfort and well-being. (CannonDesign’s research and data supports this point.)
- Changes (even those made for the better) can be difficult. Companies that give employees more workplace flexibility are well-served by investing in the tools, training and change management that will enable employees to make best use of those new choices.