officeMore companies are using workspace to encourage innovation and collaboration. To design your offices to improve organizational culture, workflows, and employee satisfaction, think more directly about how to meet people’s needs. Start by:

  • Going straight to the source. Use your company’s intranet or another internal communication tool as a way for all employees to ask tough questions or offer opinions about your office environment.
  • Generating more data. Gauge peak workload times and think about how your space can encourage more departmental cross-pollination during down time. Optimize the most popular spaces and reform conference room duds. Coffee bars, communal tables, and quiet rooms can be more productive uses of space than underutilized meeting rooms.
  • Incorporating technology. Conference room technologies can let employees know when rooms are free. They can also keep track of reservations and meeting agendas, making it easier for people to get together.