As a global work culture, we’ve evolved a lot from the time of James Watt and the Industrial Revolution. Gone are the days where the employee was just another cog in the industrial machine, driven by efficiency and productivity at any cost.
We’re now living in an age where machines may replace us for the mechanical elements of work, but humans will be irreplaceable for our core values like creativity, empathy, and problem solving ability.
Below are the many new changes that the modern work environment and consequently, the workspace, must include to treat its team members as real assets of an organisation.
The flattening of organisational structures.
As discussed in a previous post, we are moving towards an organisational structure that allows leaders to be more accessible to the rest of the team. This has led to more open-plan office layouts where team-leadership interactions are encouraged.
The rise of cross-team collaboration.
Departments within companies are no longer restricted to their own forte. Each team is closely involved in every operation of the organisation. Cross-team collaborations are an excellent way to amplify the unique ability of each member. This has led to more spaces within workplaces where the ‘frequency of collisions’ is increased. For example, rather than closed boardrooms, in an open floor plan, small groups getting together to meet and discuss operations and executions is more possible.
Understanding the impact of work culture on branding.
Google is perhaps the best example of this. When an organisation is known to ‘pamper’ its team members and empower them with decision making abilities, it immediately works as a great public relations and goodwill building tool in the market. Clients are more likely to associate with the organisation when they know that effort is being put into keeping team members more motivated and engaged.
Connecting office well-being to reduced attrition.
A direct result of good work culture is the fact that team members are less likely to move to other organisations when the perks from their current employer tangibly improve their lives. Meditation spaces, health programmes and even interesting team building activities can greatly increase the chances of retaining great talent.
Using the workspace as a talent magnet.
Millennials are now more tuned to choose comfortable working conditions over pure pay packages when opting for careers. This is why companies are maximising opportunities for flexible work timings and optimising the cloud and data sharing facilities to encourage a ‘work from anywhere’ ecosystem.
The workspace is now no longer a physical entity, but a pulsating, breathing organism that encompasses every tangible and intangible quality of the organisation. This is why when teams are treated well, they automatically become goodwill ambassadors of the brand. This is something no mechanised element or algorithm can accomplish.