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Comfort in the Constant Is Criminal
You might have seen on PDR’s social media that we have been making some changes to our office. As we have grown, we have been planning for how our current office is going to be refined based on our current situation. We know that as our world and work change our workplaces must evolve as well.
How does your work environment function? Would you say it encourages you to better your work? How could your work environment change to be more engaging for the work you do?
Nowadays, many have grown comfortable in their constant work style, focusing on their work within the confines of four enclosed walls. However, the progression of technology and shifts within today’s culture have created new dynamics within the workplace.
Technology is dramatically growing and establishing itself as an even more vital asset than ever before. The need for the most up-to-date technological tools has become evident through its success in increasing efficiency, productivity, and collaboration.
The incorporation of collaborative work styles is one of the critical elements in a workplace transition because “engagement is a critical element in maintaining the organization’s vitality, survival, and profitability.” Interaction between, not only colleagues but space itself, can be critical in providing connectedness between an employee and the organization.
Employee engagement is essential in defining “an emotional connection with the organization,” which leads to long-term employment. Evolution within an organization has become necessary to continue advancement within the organization.
The typical 8 to 5 days have brought on this expectation of consistency among employees, and change is often resisted in fear of their constant becoming something different or of lesser value. Often employees feel that change will challenge their success in their work, when, in fact, change can help them discover their strengths through their adaptation.
When making a transition from old to new, it can take some time, and temporary strains may occur in everyday operations. Ultimately new changes benefit an organization in its future endeavors by establishing a more efficient environment throughout the workplace.
Change can be a movement enhancing the workplace and providing support to the daily requirements and needs of the people within the workplace. It doesn’t have to be a drastic moment that flips the workplace and all within it. Instead, it can be a natural shift to integrate newly fit conditions while maintaining a feeling of familiarity. Whether big or small changes are occurring, having the changes communicated to staff is crucial to the preparation and acceptance of the changes.
Deliberate workplace design considers the current state of a culture, an organization’s philosophies and goals, and the potential for (future) technological advances to explore the opportunities a well-orchestrated space can offer. Conscious decisions should be made to anticipate the future and provide solutions to appease the demands until it’s time again to start refining or rethinking their workplace.
As an Interior Designer at PDR, Olivia contributes a keen sense of design, budget awareness, and creativity to each project. Olivia’s deep passion for understanding how people experience and interact with the spaces around them is seen throughout her work!