Human-Centric Workspace for Privacy, Flexibility, and Well-Being
Rigid office density calculations of a c.4.6m2 allocation of floorspace per person are most definitely out and a much more flexible physical layout is in. Sitting at the same desk all day is becoming quaint, when an employee has the opportunity to move freely around the office to find the perfect spot, depending on what type of work they’re doing. This is not new - some businesses embraced it years ago - but post-Covid, it is fast becoming a workplace strategy.
Why? Because creating a strong in-office culture stimulates collaboration, cross-department mixing and ultimately innovation. And it attracts and retains talent. If you have a task requiring hard concentration for a few hours, there are quiet spaces for that. Set up a meeting with a colleague, you can take the sofa in the boardroom or the kitchen. Working on a group project, head to one of the collaboration spaces, in an office or in an open plan environment. This is a shift from rigid zones of desks/cellular offices/break out areas into an environment which prioritises human beings, their specific mood, needs, preferences and well-being.
The physical layout and interior design therefore needs to serve multiple purposes with adaptable furniture and design elements. Zoning areas with different colours is a powerful tool to help create different moods and to stimulate the brain, whilst choosing biophilic materials creates a sense of calm.
For Rockfon, we have been experts in acoustics for over 60 years. We have seen hundreds and hundreds of projects where open plan offices do not work, they are not human-centric, where noise distractions causes stress and a break in concentration which equals less productivity. The research on this is established. We recommend you place acoustics at the centre of your design, and address the issue of privacy.