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How to Accommodate Different Working Styles in your Office Design
  • How to Accommodate Different Working Styles in Your Office Design

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  • We all work differently from one another but how can an office design promote productivity and accommodate the needs of each working style?

    What are the different working styles?

    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:

  • “As well as providing different work settings for different tasks, collaboration, focused work etc., every forward-looking workspace should provide for different work styles and personalities too. There should be corners for introverts to retreat and spaces for extroverts to shine.”


    Nic Pryke, Creative Director

  • 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?

    Quiet spaces

    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.

    Agile spaces

    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.

    Breakout spaces

    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.

    Offer flexible working

    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.

    Collaboration spaces

    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.


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