In a survey of more than 4,000 workers across 11 industries in different parts for the world, Gensler, the architecture and design firm, found that the most innovative companies provide their organisations with a diversity of well-designed spaces in which to collaborate and to focus, as well as empowering employees with the ability to work when and where best suits their work needs.
“We are seeing that workplace design is a critical part of truly innovative companies’ success. On average, employees at innovative companies have better-designed, more functional workspaces that unlock creative potential,” says Diane Hoskins, co-CEO at Gensler. “Employees truly flourish when they have room to not only collaborate but also have space to focus, and are empowered to work when and how they work best—both within their workplace, and in other locations outside it.”
According to the survey, the most innovative employees have the option to work in a wide variety of spaces that meet their needs, and use that option to maximum effect – whether they need individual space to focus, a conference room to brainstorm or learn a new skill, or a social space to chat with co-workers during a coffee break. Key findings on the habits of top innovators include:
The authors of the report have developed a set of design action items every organisation should consider to optimise the workplace and improve performance and innovation:
Connect every employee to the meaning behind their work, their company’s mission, and the broader organisational community with design strategies that support and impact corporate purpose.