The Work Space Shift: Working Outdoors

July 17, 2015 staplesadvantagecanada

Over the last few years companies have opened their floor plans to include a variety of alternative working environments: collaborative work spaces, sit/stand workstations, shared desks for contract or rotary employees, telecommuting and working from home. The rising need for these types of spaces has come about as companies recognize and embrace the idea that employees function best in a variety of different spaces. Some of us work best in a private and quiet cubicle, while others flourish in an open, thought-sharing atmosphere.

Our recent Staples Advantage Canada workplace index survey revealed that workspace preferences differ for each generation. A millennial worker is more likely to have a preference for working in an open plan environment (lounge areas, outdoor spaces, cafes, etc.), whereas boomers prefer a more traditional arrangement.

This shift in generation preferences has called on businesses to be open minded and creative in the design and layout of their space. Connections and access to plants and fresh air has often been praised as a workplace productivity and creativity booster, so it’s no surprise that some offices are choosing to move beyond the office walls and giving employees access to outdoor working areas.

Why not think about hosting your next meeting in the great outdoors – your employees’ best ideas may be a result of a little fresh air and change of scenery.

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