Moving to Open Plan Workspaces
The workplace environment is one of the heaviest factors that affect the output and demeanour of office team members. It is also found to heavily influence morale and workplace relationships, both of which play roles in how an employee handles his or her workload. These days, the cubicle-based office space is starting to feel stifling and trapping as a workplace environment, and it is not hard to see why: the cubicles are small boxes or cells suited for one person only, and you are expected to be in this box at all times unless commanded otherwise by the manager, who may as well be a warden at that point. Today, the most effective environment found to produce the best results for work is no longer the cubicle; it is the open plan workspace. It is a space that removes the cubicles in favour of a large location with no borders or boundaries except between various office components, encouraging socialisation at work and free roaming. This training course is therefore set to train your team members to build an open plan workspace with the benefits it is meant to offer in mind.
Good energy can go a long way towards providing the optimal working environment for your employees. Don’t worry so much about them losing focus and not working; whether they are meeting your company’s standards is up to the judgment of the requisitely competent administration. The worker who deserves your company’s time and effort will earn their keep with you. These methods will train your workers to construct an environment that encourages activity, positive energy, and comfortable production. This training course is essential in developing a modern workspace that cares for the worker as much as it cares for the business. This pairs well with sessions about workspace management, administrative support, and employee productivity. If you wish to know about our other training courses and services, please contact us. We’re helping teams and companies become their very best selves, and your team could be next. Contact us if you would like this session customised and designed to suit your team.
Avoid Completely Sedentary Office Life
For the worker that feels the urge to socialise and stretch him or herself, maybe exercise a little, there is not a much worse fate than being afraid to leave the cubicle lest the supervisor give you a fierce, angry reprimand and possibly lose the job. Open Plan environment can seem to force someone to be sedentary, stuck on their rears hammering away at their keyboards for eight hours a day so they don’t risk incurring the supervisor’s counsel. This is the opposite of what we want for the open plan workspace. We want a place where the only borders or boundaries in the physical environment of the workplace is between the various amenities offered to the employees to assist them in their working efforts. The open plan workspace can be divided into four components, with borders that employees can easily cross should they feel like it: solo work, group work, socialisation, and rejuvenation. You can have a section devoted to people who need a quiet location without social disturbances to work effectively, you can have a place meant for teams to work together to achieve victory, a food location to refresh your hungry workers, and even a bowling alley to encourage people to have fun at work and talk to the other staff while they play. Part of the key to getting your workers into being effective, motivated, and productive is to never, ever trap them somewhere with a threat that they’ll lose their job, income, and subsequently, their status outside destitution if they leave. Motivate them with a positive environment, never with threats, and you are on the road to an open plan workspace.
Keep a Vibe Alive
People run on energy, and that energy needs to be clearly felt in order for the people to feel fuelled by it. To give them energy, you have to create an environment where that flows freely, instead of being suppressed. The worker today is found to be more capable of producing focused, less distracted, work results if there is a general hum of activity in the background of his or her attention. It is a general misconception about workspaces that it needs to be completely quiet for people to be able to focus on their work. This is not true; this is because it is an atmosphere maintained by fear, not focus. Some of these people want to talk or socialise, but they are afraid that if they break the silence, they’ll be frowned upon for breaking everyone’s concentration and hurting the company’s productivity. So they’ll have this negative, fearful feeling hanging over them as they work, instead of a calm, pleasant buzz that you can get from a busy, but not unruly, workplace. It is also a lot easier to get distracted when you can hear everything instead of nothing in particular. I might not be able to hear specific conversations inside an open plan workspace, but how can I concentrate on my work when I can hear two co-workers whispering on the other side of the office about what Clyde and Janine did at the bar last night? To keep a pleasant vibe alive, never discourage all conversation in the workplace if you can help it. Instead, encourage it. It means your workers are talking to each other, and that can easily mean they will collaborate easier, and that can mean better results for the company. We illustrate to employees the benefits of an open plan workspace.
Make it Feel Like Home
You need to understand that the workspace is where your employees will spend hours of their time, and probably most of their life if they remain loyal to your company. It is in the company’s best interest to make the environment as positive and relaxing as possible, with any amenities the worker could possibly need. Not only will people be lining up to apply for work to your company, they will also be more likely to give good output and perform better with the other workers. This is because environments that care well for the workers are rare, and they have no excuse at that point not to deliver their very best. It’s the advantage of removing the company as a possible source of blame for the worker, and most of them recognise that; it’s not that hard to leave a company if you have the resources to survive and find another, and if the company mistreats you or has a negative vibe about them. When it all comes down to how they feel about your company, they should recall it fondly and happily, not with fear and hatred for bad administration. We show participants how to feel accommodated and comfortable in the new environment.
Customised Training Session For Teams (Included No Charge)
Providing the best possible training experience has never been easier. With our content customisation program, you will gain access to a lot of options in order to modify your workbook to suit your more specific needs. Choose everything from the kinds of activities you want to see to how you expect the training courses to be delivered. You can even tell us to modify aspects of the workbook such as modules and industry specific images. We believe that with this amount of control, you will be able to provide the best possible training experience, so do tell us what to do and we’ll see everything through. Your team will connect better and your training course will become more effective.
In-House Customised training benefits:
- Flexible length – You choose the length of the session
- Highly Effective Team/Industry Specific
- Certificate of Completion (Professional Grade)
- Create a Team Building environment
- Cost effective – Group rate discount
- Printed courseware (No need to download or use an App to read)
Creating Content (Contact us for Quotation)
Aside from the content customisation service, you can also tell us to make entirely new content with just a list of specifications. These specifications can range from virtually anything including content, kinds of illustrations required, technical data and even your own company logo. We can even create a session for you in another language to maximise understanding despite cultural differences. Our resources are vast and our staff eager to provide you with the most comprehensive content possible; you need only to tell us the kind of content you want and we’ll turn it into reality. Contact us for a quotation that suits your needs.
Instructor Led Online
Download Certificate of Completion $495 inc GST
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Online assisted training is one of may services that we offer to businesses and individuals looking to develop their skills or build new ones! You select a course outline, and a date and time that suit your schedule and we book in one of our trainers to facilitate the learning process by guiding you through the course material, activities and questions. All of this is conducted over an online video feed so there is no need to even leave your home for the session!