17 Reasons you should formalize your mobile, activity-based, or unassigned desk program. Plus dozens of tips for how to do it.
New research shows strong trend toward formal workplace policies around activity-based working, unassigned desks, mobile work, and telework. Here’s what you need to know.
If you've been running your workplace program without formal policies, practices, and training, this is a must read. It's based on a new benchmarking report sponsored by IFMA's Workplace Evolutionaries.
The 'Tips' section offers dozens of must-have policies and guidelines for:
- Space usage
- Tools and Technology
- Remote or mobile workers
- And more
The objectives of this study are to 1) examine the direct effect of psychosocial work characteristics (as measured by job autonomy and work-related pressure) in relation to self-reported psychological morbidity symptoms and early retirement retentions, and 2) to investigate burnout as mediating variable of these postulated associations. The study involved 593 NHS consultants (Male = 63.1%) from hospitals in England, Scotland and Wales.
The study concluded that high job autonomy negatively predicted anxiety, depression, and intention to retire. While this may be intuitive to those familiar with the link between autonomy and employee engagement, this offers additional fodder for the argument against micromanagement and in favor of performance-based outcomes.
"In our study on flexibility in the modern workforce, we set out to determine whether a gap exists between flexibility supply and demand. In other words, how many people need flexibility, and how many people actually have it? To find out, we surveyed 1,583 white-collar professionals representative of the U.S. workforce at large."
While more than 9 out of 10 professionals surveyed say they want flexibility in when and where they work, less than half have it. The study also found:
- Only 29% felt the way the worked was sustainable over time
- Only 37% felt inspired by their workspace
- Only 29% said they brought their whole self to work
Respondents without flexibility were:
- 2x more likely to quit
- 2x more likely to be dissatisfied with work
- Had employee net promoter scores 48 points lower
The study suggests a wide range of flexible work options including flexible hours, flexible location, reduced travel, and part-time work.
Over a fifth of millennials have turned their back on a job because of the poor design of an office: 16%t of 18-24 year olds said that they have left a job because of how poorly designed the office was, while 31% of UK workers said their working environment makes is uninspired.
- Kitchen - check
- Meeting rooms - check
- Free coffee - check
- Ability to attract young talent - uncheck
What do they really care about?
- Natural light
- Air conditioning
- Interior lighting
- Doggie daycare
- Breakout areas that offer privacy
Admittedly, Mindspace has skin in the game, but this isn't the first study that shows what employers think their people want and what they really want is pretty darn different.
The bottom line: Ask them (the people you're trying to attract) what matters to them.
An common miscalculation in circulation space can underestimate usable area requirements by between 9% and 20%; a very significant difference that has both practical and legal ramifications.
This article explains how a simple error in the application of a circulation multiplier in a space program can have serious consequences, putting your firm at risk for advising the client to purchase, build, or lease a space that is too small for their needs. It is a simple error, one the authors have seen made by well-known firms.
The bottom line is, if you want 30% circulation space in a 10,000 square foot area, you need multiply the program elements (e.g., offices, workstations, meeting rooms, support areas) by 42.86%, not 30%.