Ever wonder what your office space says about your company? Does it have an impact on your business as well as your employees, customers and/or potential clients? These may sound like silly or insignificant questions, but trust us, they’re important to think about when it comes to process improvement.
This past fall, the Hamilton County Business Magazine published an article written by Slaughter Development’s founder and principal, Robby Slaughter. In the piece, Our Workplaces Help Define our Company Culture, Slaughter begs the question: What’s the right place to work?
It’s an interesting question because, as many of us know and experience on a daily basis, any place we reside can be considered our office. With the ever-growing technology of today, we can be sitting by the public pool or standing in line at the post office and still manage to check our email. So it’s fair to say that the formality of an office space is not necessarily in high demand as it once was. And, as Slaughter points out, the number of people on board with the idea of working from home is growing:
… approximately 2.8 million Americans consider their home their primary place of work—and this figure does not include unpaid volunteers or people who are self-employed.
The question is, where does this leave companies when it comes to identifying an appropriate workspace? Is there a systematic way to discover what will work best for you and your stakeholders or is it simply a guessing game? In Slaughter’s view, it’s about discovering a space that is conducive and positive for everyone. Not to mention, we must remind ourselves that it’s not just about affordability and face time anymore—it’s about creating an environment that facilitates efficiency and productivity. As is quoted in the article:
Face time might indicate that you are present, but not that you’re valuable . . . it lures us into measuring attendance rather than output. If unchecked, it engenders a culture that reveres those who arrive early and stay late, rather than those who are efficient yet perhaps unseen.
If you are beginning to rethink your office space, take a moment to define your workflow and the priorities that come along with it. Contemplate differing environments and decide whether residing in one atmosphere over another will improve your productivity and business.
Not sure where to start? Contact Slaughter Development today to learn more about how we can help.