We all work differently from one another but how can an office design promote productivity and accommodate the needs of each working style?
It is important to first understand the difference between work styles and personalities. Introverts and extroverts are types of personality and relate to behaviour and approach to social situations. Working styles refer to the methods by which people prefer to tackle projects. Typically, the different styles can be broken up into four main groups depending on what motivates them:
By analysing how people work we can begin to attribute certain spaces to the groups in order to achieve maximum productivity levels. Take a look at the different spaces within your office – do they include a variety that can cater to the different work styles?
Ideal for Data and Detail-orientated workers to focus on more complex analysis but also important for all groups to be able to escape the main working hub and concentrate on more challenging tasks.
This is an important area of any office for all types of worker, offering the opportunity for employees to work in a diverse setting away from their fixed desks. This is an area where anyone can come to focus or collaborate in an environment that is completely always changing in activity.
These are the areas where your team will socialise and relax, encouraging different workers and teams to mix. These can also work well for informal meetings and provide a causal backdrop for cross pollination and idea sharing.
Remote or flexible working is becoming one of the biggest trends for the workplace, offering versatility for employees to choose where they work. This can benefit all types of workers by allowing them the freedom and trust to develop their best work practice in their chosen environment.
These can be useful for all types of working styles to accomplish team goals and develop ideas. Particularly helpful for Emotion and Idea-orientated workers to get together with their teams and share their thoughts.