We already know that design impacts well-being and how individuals feel in a given environment, but according to the book Change Your Space, Change Your Culture, many organizations haven't made the connection in office design. According to Rex Miller, coauthor of the book, "the average worker is working in a space with 1960s design and thinking."
Fast Company's Vivian Giang highlights six clues from Change Your Space, Change Your Culture that indicate your office space may be causing employees to feel disengaged.
1. Stagnant light color temperatures:
"In the morning, office lighting should be cooler, or retain a more bluish tint, and as the day progresses, lighting should gradually change to a warmer, or more yellowish tint."
2. Walls blocking out natural light:
"Drywall needs to come down for lighting benefits to have even distribution. With glass walls, everyone is able to benefit from the changing light colors."
3. Fixed tables in brainstorming areas
4. Desks in between other desks:
"Obviously, it’s almost impossible to never place someone’s desk in between other desks due to square footage constraints, but employers can help create a sense of space by providing bumpers and objects that allow people to break up their spaces."
5. Allocating the most money to public spaces
6. Separating departments:
"It’s a bad idea for departments to feel secluded from one another. They can be separated on different stories or levels, but open stairs make the floors feel more connected with the rest of the office. This only ups the chances of serendipitous interactions—and collaboration—with people in different departments."
Read about all six clues at length on Fast Company. Read More