Friday, 21 October 2011

Human Factors Design: can it be applied to all aspects of Workplace 2.0?

You hear a lot about ergonomic work environments, or the discipline of human factors design. This is where a chair or desk fits our body or needs and adapts to us so we don't need to adapt to it. But what if our whole work space, work time and work environment could be adaptable? What if we as workers didn't have to adapt at all?

In an ideal world there would be no more fighting rush hour traffic, no more parking woes or closed-door offices. But we all know in reality there will always be a few times we still have to make an 8am meeting and there will still be moments when a physical office is the best option. When this is the case, what if the space we had reflected the different kinds of work we would be doing throughout the day? Imagine space designed to what we needed it to do, so we didn't have to adapt to the restrictions of the space. Think about your current day, you don't need a closed door office for your whole day, maybe just a quite place for some of your calls, a place to take a video call and for another few hours you need a space that would be designed specifically to enhance collaboration.

Based on this concept, our facilites team is redesigning our workspace. We will
be piloting a completely new physical space as well as a new work philosophy! We will have touch-down spots where we can complete work among colleagues, phone booths for quick calls, private spaces for sensitive meetings and collaboration spaces for brainstorming.
I want to show you some before and after pictures along the way. So follow along with construction, and observe how we are looking at all aspects of Workplace 2.0!

As you can see in the photos below our old offices were very traditional. I can't wait to see what the new space will look like and how it will function! I will keep you posted.

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