Make Employees Feel at Home with Innovative Workspaces

October 3, 2016

Americans are spending much more time at work than they were in the past. A 2014 survey found that the average full-time worker in the United States works 47 hours or more each week, with 40 percent working 50 or more hours a week. The average retirement age is 62 and 64 for women and men, respectively.

Increased technology has created a significant upsurge in Americans’ productivity, but that hasn’t necessarily led to more relaxation time. Americans receive fewer vacation days than other countries, but in their efforts to keep up with the modern workforce, many don’t take full advantage of them. So, it sounds like Americans could use a decent break now and again.

Americans spend extra time at work for many different reasons, but if the average full-time worker is in the office from 9 to 7, shouldn’t they at least enjoy it? Sure, not everyone loves their job—but employers can put some effort into making the office space comfortable, versatile, and modernized for today’s workforce. After all, Americans spend almost as much time in the office as they do in their own homes. It’s inspiring and encouraging to have a comfortable place to work.

Modernized workspaces don’t just look great—they can increase employee productivity. Innovative spaces like nooks and booths can lead to more spontaneous creativity and face-to-face interactions, some of the most important aspects of business.

Many companies are choosing to innovate their work environment and make their employees feel more at home.  Google is known for having the most unconventional offices in locations all over the world. Some of the tamest features at employees’ disposal are slides, hammocks, and scooters. In a New York Times article, a Google spokesman said the company’s goal is “to create the happiest, most productive workplace in the world.”

Of course, you don’t have to have the resources of a multinational technology company to transform your workplace and inspire your employees. Many small companies balance work and play just as well as Google does. In an article published in The New Yorker, Maria Konnikova said open offices have consequences. “Physical barriers have been closely linked to psychological privacy, and a sense of privacy boosts job performance.”

Contrary to the popularity of open-office floor plans, intellectual privacy can stimulate productivity. Sitting in an open area with all of your coworkers frees up office space, but it can also be distracting. Modernized workplaces with private nooks and conference rooms in common areas allow workers quiet time to focus and foster spur-of-the-moment originality.

One method to modernize workspaces is hot desking, also called hoteling. This popular office trend allows employees to choose their own desk each day and connect with coworkers they don’t normally see. Hot desking can also open your office up to the idea of remote work. If an employee is out of the office regularly, hot desking can help you utilize the typically empty space. Hot desking can help you maximize your space while providing a modern environment for today’s agile workforce.

Asure Software’s People Success Platform provides technological tools for an agile workforce, enabling employees to clock in and reserve meeting rooms online. Asure also helps organizations keep track of how office space is utilized with SmartView and SmartMove occupancy detection software, saving your company time and money.