I have some time sorted out from my Masters of Business Administration and I want to focus today on your workspace and culture. Is your workspace culture Transformational or Transactional? And which one of these approaches does your personality fit into?
High power cultures usually follow a Transactional pattern which means structured processes and policies with little room for innovation. Where on the other hand, Transformational approach is more collaborative to motivate innovation. Now which one of these best matches the personality and culture of your workspace? The answer will depend on where you are located in the world and what cultural background you come from.
On my earlier days I worked for several Financial Institutions. Work spaces as such are always filled with cubicles. The walls are painted dark ‘boring’ grey and that is because they want their employees to focus. You would find this layout till date in many Financial and Government offices. A) Because their approach is Transactional and, B) They don’t have the budget to revamp their workplace.
However, many consulting firms today have adopted a new interior for their workplace. These companies have found that to boost an employee’s creativity, innovation and productivity they have to add to that employees work space. Studies conducted on relationship building suggest that a space has a lot to do with how a relationship is formed versus the actual compatibility. Neighbours are considered better friends to some just because how close they live and their interaction every day. The concept is used when forming an open collaborative space.
Interior of many offices today are like common café areas. But is that enough? Can a space be just copied from a Pinterest picture and be called a collaborative space? The answer is no! As a business you have to integrate workforce, core values, work processes and the cooperate culture. The business has to evaluate the employees together vs. alone time. Hence, there should be spaces for collaborative work, meetings, discussions and spaces where the employee can work alone. This is when audibility comes into play. There has to be places which are sound proof for employees to concentrate. Also, every corner of the space should depict and reflect the corporate culture, which psychologically keeps the employee motivated.
Many collaborative spaces have indoor pool tables, ps4, and other games for all employees to connect. This increases collaborative thinking and builds a bond between co-workers. Amusement builds the motivation of the productivity and so does food. Free food has been incorporated in many collaborative space as well. If you keep your employees happy, then they will put in more creative and innovative work towards the brand you represent.
So how Collaborative are you?