Ok, so we aren't interior designers, but we've had to do a lot of thinking about workspace recently due to our expansion and upcoming move to new premises.
It's really interesting to see the impact of layout on productivity and collaboration. Every role in an organisation has different needs for different tasks, should we all be embracing more flexible working and discarding our desks?
This post provides some interesting stats on performance of sales and marketing when they have the opportunity to collaborate more in flexible spaces.
The CEB reported that nearly a quarter of employees (22 percent) are not able to meet their execution needs due to a poorly designed workspace. After artificial lighting, layout was the second most-problematic aspect of their work area. The top three problems that interfered with their productivity were: Distracting noise levels The occasional necessity for visual privacy Lack of availability for meeting space Even if practical limitations preclude the perfect workspace, there is one thing most companies can do to start seeing greater productivity: Bring sales and marketing teams closer together.