An organization has to know where it is going, so people can get behind and be guided by something tangible. A close second is culture. Positive culture is palpable (and so is its opposite). Number three, leadership, makes the two aforementioned happen. Number four, talent, is critical — and doesn’t tend to stick around in the absence of strong leadership, a firm vision, and a supportive culture. Number five is an obvious one: fiscal responsibility — which, as we’ve seen in recent years, can be surprisingly lacking. Without these five, your physical work environment is not going to produce the results that design and management consultancies would like you to believe. But if you’re on track with one through five, go ahead and read the following keys to creating a bang-up workplace. – Gina Berntdt
[The City of Vancouver’s Engineering Office. Photo: Perkins+Will]
1. Engage different perspectives.
2. Provide an anchor.
3. Design for efficiency.
[IDEO Chicago. Photo: Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing]
4. Support different working styles.
[CompTIA. Photo: Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing]
5. Adapt to technology.
6. Embrace shifting demographics.
7. Address wellness holistically.
[Great River Energy. Photo: Don Wong]
8. Express your brand.