Throughout the evolution of the workplace, it originated from the church and court, as an exclusive place for the privileged class. With the development of social civilization, science, and technology, the design of the workplace advocated efficiency first. With the outbreak of the economic crisis, companies fell into the cost trap, and the office was reduced to a cubicle. The current workplace based on work behavior and a focus on innovation becomes more and more popular among most companies.
The development of productivity has given rise to the evolution of production relations, resulting in different corporate cultures, such as management, competition, cooperation, motivation, etc. In addition to various corporate cultures and various organizational structures. when you are designing a workplace, do not just focus on the appearance, but on whether the layout of the workspace is scientific, such as whether the space function is a complete and high utilization, and whether the workplace matches the corporate culture and organizational structure.
The workplace is an important platform for the long-term development of a company and a contributing factor to the continuous growth of an organization. Apple invested $30 billion to build Apple Park which has earned the nickname "the spaceship". They hope to stimulate greater innovation potential and business value through a quality workplace and inspire their employees to create more innovative high-quality products.
Today, more and more companies are investing in their headquarters as one of their most important business strategies, such as Google, Apple, DJI, Amazon, Adidas, Tencent, LEGO, Huawei, and other global leaders.
This is because they all believe that the workplace is an important platform for the long-term development of an enterprise. Even though remote collaboration is becoming more and more popular, the workplace will not disappear. The workplace is the connection that links employees and the organization, which breaks down barriers. For individuals, a workplace is a practical place for continuous progress, a physical link between individuals and enterprises, providing the necessary resources for their work and creating an atmosphere for their learning and growth.
The first trend of future workplace design is to be designed for physical and mental health, including cognitive health, emotional health, and physical health. Office chairs, office standing desks, and office furniture that support ergonomics will become an integral part of a healthy office.
The second trend in the future of workplace design is collaborative innovation, which may have come from one person in the past, but will certainly come from a group of people in the future. The way of collaborative communication is divided into information sharing, evaluation and decision making, and production and creation. Traditional collaborative spaces often can only support one type of collaborative communication. The future workspace needs to support diverse collaborative communication methods.
The third trend in the future of workplace design is hybrid work. Hybrid work is a working model that everyone will mention in the current epidemic. The long-term epidemic is also prompting more companies to implement a hybrid office. On the one hand, it better connects people, technology, and space through design. And on the other hand, it also requires various ways to avoid the risks it brings. Whether it's a home office, shared office, or agile office, the new generation of workers will be given more maximum flexibility and options to be more proactive and collaborative in creating value.
For Weworth, the workplace is an important platform for long-term corporate development and an enabler of organizational growth, not only for optimizing the cost of ownership, stimulating efficiency and innovation, and attracting and nurturing talents but also as a tangible expression of corporate culture and brand image.
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