Shared workspaces: is your office holding you back?

Shared workspaces: is your office holding you back?

Author since:
December, 2016
33 blog posts

Everything we do is part of our lifestyle choices: from buying a house, staying in a particular hotel or shops we buy from. At Workplace we wanted to make your shared workspace one of these choices, because having an office tailored to you will ultimately increase your work productivity.

When we first designed Workplace, our aim was to develop an office environment where people genuinely wanted to be. Somewhere they wanted to bring their family, friends and colleagues to show them how fabulous their place of work is.

Forward-thinking, trendy tech companies have led the way. These businesses chose to make the workplace more user friendly by offering benefits and facilities that would entice people to spend more time there. The intention was to make the work environment more engaging and interesting, and ultimately more productive.

Take a look at what Google thinks the workplace should be like. According to a survey, when it changed the structure of its office environment, Google increased employee happiness by 37% . This happiness generates success.

A matter of taste

Some shared workspaces turn the board table into a ping pong table. Others put a beer tap by the coffee machine. But is that the best way to engage your employees? Are these changes truly going to help a business thrive?

The answer is down to individual taste. Ultimately, we are advised to match our work environment to our own lifestyle choices, or those of our employees if we can.

The happiness factor

Warwick University carried out a study on the working environment and found that companies who took notice of the happiness factor in the workplace were 12% more productive. Professor Andrew Oswald, one of three researchers who led the study, said companies that invest in employee support and satisfaction tend to generate more successful workers.

Workplace is geared up to people who have travelled, or have worked in big corporate environments and have a desire for quality and style. When we asked our members what had disrupted their work in previous workplaces, however, cleanliness was high on the list. The main complaints were dirty toilets and untidy kitchen areas, so apparently it is not all about the style and the décor, but how well the environment is kept.

How does your workplace make you feel?

There is so much choice out there for your own workspace. Some people can happily touch down anywhere and be productive, not at all affected by their environment. For most of us, however, we have a desire to feel comfortable and at home. This is all part of our lifestyle choices.

We want to feel good about being at work — happier, healthier, more focused and in control. These things all improve your productivity, but it is not always about how much we can get done. It is more about how you feel personally at the end of the working day. It is about working smarter, not harder. It is a sense of achievement and going home happier.

So, is your workspace holding you back? If your environment doesn’t make you happy, then the answer is ‘yes’. Find a positive and happy shared workspace like Workplace that matches your individual lifestyle choices. That will make you feel more fulfilled, giving you a much higher chance of work productivity and success.

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Seven Months a Start-Up

Author since:
October, 2015
63 blog posts

by Pete Moore, founder of Look at your Data

Pete is Chief Data Strategist of Look at your Data Ltd. Extremely passionate about data strategy and staunch believer that what you don’t measure doesn’t get done. “Expect what you Inspect!” He sees GDPR as a huge challenge for data strategy but also an enormous opportunity for those who take it seriously.

People describe him as honest, passionate, resourceful and trustworthy and he is proud that his values are manifested in his deeds. Look at your Data lives by these values.

I started Look at your Data in January of this year because I wanted to… well… look at your data! The way I saw it, Data, every business had oodles of the stuff and wasn’t doing anything with it. In I would walk, look at the data, say something like do you know what? There’s a huge opportunity here, let’s go! The data bloke would save you money, grow your profits or both.

Seven months on and what actually happened?

January. I started by speaking to people, I mean a lot of people. I spoke to business leaders, I spoke to ex-colleagues and clients; I spoke at conferences and at meet-ups. I even spoke to you. You were great, you got it. Most of you said do you know what we really should look at that. This was unexpected, I am a data bloke at heart and not a salesman yet here I was talking to you, a stranger and there you were, actually getting it. By the end of January, I was pretty sure I’d be retired by now.

February. Thing was, yeah, you got it, but the problem was you had no problem. I am not a salesman and had I been I’d have seen that I wasn’t solving today’s problem. Yes, you had data, yes you could do more with it, most of you even thought I was the guy to take you there. Just not yet.

March. Vanity had morphed into reality. And reality bit. Hard. How could I learn to sell without selling my soul?

April. Time for re-pointing. What was I good at? What did you need me to do? What could we work on today?!

May. The phone started ringing. This was more of a surprise than it perhaps should have been. Thing was, I didn’t really know how networking worked. I didn’t think any of you would actually remember me! Next thing I knew, agencies were asking me on marketing strategy, marketing agencies were getting me in to implement Kanban (an erstwhile manufacturing process) and manufacturers wanted me to fix their SQL Server databases. Actual mates started asking me about Power BI. I even got an offer to become a non-Executive Director.
Obviously, I said yes to all of it and that was June.

I ended June thinking what just happened?! This wasn’t a business, it was a job. In fact it was a set of jobs, a set so diverse as to completely obscure my goal of data strategy. June was fun but it wasn’t sustainable or replicable. If only there was a way of aligning Look at your Data’s goals with your data issues.

July. First clients started asking me about it. I ignored it. Then I got angry about it. Then I actually thought about it. Then I accepted it. Then I became passionate about it. Passionate about the unfairness of it, passionate about the good intention of it and passionate to the point of fury when I heard other people misleading on the matter. Here it was: a data problem that you have right now. A problem I could help fix and work on everything Look at your Data exists to do: strategy and insight, opportunity realised and inefficiency destroyed.
It is GDPR, the new data protection regulation and when I consult on it I take the opportunity to review the data strategy. To do my job properly I have to review all of the data processes anyway, why not do it in a way that realises opportunity?

Today. Well, I’m not retired, but (partly thanks to GDPR) I’m still standing and – most importantly – you’ve benefited from my data as strategy approach. Owning a business is roughly twice as hard as I thought it might be. Fortunately it’s about ten times as much fun.

Email me [email protected] for advice on your data strategy.

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