The world of workplace design has undoubtedly shifted from a traditional focus on functionality and maximising headcounts to becoming an increasingly staff centric exercise.
Today, the office is no longer viewed as an inflexible cost centre but rather a space that can have a huge impact on productivity, staff retention and also attracting the very best talent. This piece will look at what has caused this shift and how the workplace experience has become part of the modern workplace design vernacular.
There are numerous articles, studies and research out there that look at the rationale and benefits of embracing a staff centric workplace design, not least on this site where we have spoken about workplace wellbeing and why office design matters. What we haven’t touched on is the emergence of the workplace experience as a concept and a driver of office design, and how increasingly companies strive to create work environments that cater to the needs of all staff, be they functional, personal or even emotive. This concept has gained such traction that a recent study by Deloitte (Global Human Capital Trends) cites 79% of executives rated workplace experience as a critical issue to improve productivity and enable growth.