8 Things You Should Look For in a Company Part 2

What to Look For in a Company

In this blog series, we have been going over the following questions that many potential employees have when looking at companies. Through answering these questions, you will be able to determine if the company you are interested in really has your needs in mind. As an employee, you don’t want to entrust your life and career with a company that does not value their workers and the quality of their work.

The questions are as follows:

  • What are the Company’s Values?
  • What is the Company Culture?
  • What are Your Teammates Like?
  • Will Your Be Able to Learn?
  • Will Your Needs Be Met?
  • Does the Company Allow For Movement?
  • Will You be Appreciated?
  • Does the Company Offer Stability and Security?

In the first part of this series, we were able to answer the first four questions. The first four questions focus on your own enjoyment of the company and whether you could get along in the company, especially when it comes to your coworkers. But, the final four questions you have to ask about your potential company are focused on whether your career will thrive under their employment. Though you might take some jobs for the experience, the enjoyment, or even just the income in general, you will typically want a job that can enhance your career and earning potential. These following questions are tools to help you gauge whether a certain company can help advance your career to the next level.

Will Your Needs Be Met?

This is an intentionally broad question because the answer can differ depending on the job applicant. For instance, your “needs” can vary differently from someone else’s. Most employees, however, have basic needs, such as vacation days, paid time off, insurance benefits, 401k benefits, etc. Before you take a job, you need to know what benefits are in store for you if you become an employee. Though you may not ask these “hard-hitting” questions during your interview, you should ask once you have been notified that you got the job. Most employers won’t blame you for being cautious before signing for a job that you may not want — the last thing they want is to fill a position for a few months and then lose employees. So, it is in your best interest to ask these questions before you sign an employment contract. Be sure that you know what benefits the company has and if these benefits match your needs. For instance, most employees need 401k’s in order to plan for retirement. Finding out whether your company matches your 401k is important information that you need to know before officially becoming an employee.

Does the Company Allow For Movement?

You need to make sure that your job has room for movement, both internally and externally. This means that you want to be able to improve your job title and salary, both while in the company and ensure that your achievements in the company are applicable to the outside world. The worst thing you can do for your career is to hone skills at your job that have no outside benefits. This will only make promotions and receiving other jobs more difficult, as your skillset will be obsolete. It is best to make sure that the skills you will learn at your potential job will improve your skills as a worker and enhance your ability to apply for other, higher paying jobs.

When you have a job, it is always good to look ahead and anticipate your next career moves. Though in life it is best to refrain from thinking too far ahead and predicting your future, with your career, the rules are changed. You have to always strive to receive better jobs that you will enjoy and will pay you fairly for the work you are completing. As a worker, you have to anticipate that you will have major expenses, such as houses and vehicles, and even have added responsibilities, such as raising children and saving for your retirement. All of these factors involve looking to the future and strategically planning your career.

Will You Be Appreciated?

This question can also be a bit broad, but of course, it varies from person-to-person. For instance, you don’t want to devote your hard work to a company that doesn’t appreciate you. Companies will typically show their appreciation of employees by sending out thank you’s, showing recognition when recognition is due, and even distributing bonuses to hard-working employees. Companies can also show their appreciation for employees by offering them holiday parties and special seminars to advance their knowledge of certain subjects. A company should help improve their workers in any way they can and offer benefits for choosing to work for their company. Without having obvious benefits, there can be very little keeping workers under a company’s payroll. Typically, if a company isn’t satisfying their employees and appreciating their hard work, the company will have a large turn over rate.
If you are feeling underappreciated in your current job, moving to another job that doesn’t appreciate their workers won’t help you. You want to become employed by a company that genuinely cares for their workers. You will also be able to tell if workers are well-cared for by the reviews they share.

Does the Company Offer Stability and Security?

Jobs are meant to provide workers with stability to support themselves. Without a stable job, you won’t know when the next paycheck will be your last. For many, the idea of an unstable paycheck can be anxiety-inducing. For instance, if you are not saving enough and you lose your job, you may be scrambling to pay bills, while looking for a new type of employment. You want to be sure that you entrust your life to a company that is healthy and stable. By healthy, you want to make sure that your company is financially stable and will continue to conduct business, hire employees, etc. Start-up companies and older, outdated companies are both risky choices for employment because they can lose funding or go public and sell to larger companies that want to eliminate competition in their market. This is important to keep in mind because if you love your job, but the company is sold to a larger conglomerate, the features and aspects of your job you love could be changed.

You also want to ensure that your job is secure. This can mean that your job is both secure financially and physically. For instance, you will want to work for a company that has your safety in mind at all times. Your company’s office building structure and location are two aspects that you want to research before you start working under their payroll. You never want to work somewhere you feel unsafe and unprotected.

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8 Things You Should Look For in a Company Part 1

What to Look For in a Company

When in the workforce, you need to make sure that you are contracting with worthwhile companies. When you are under a company’s payroll, you are entrusting them to provide you with stability and fairly compensate you for your work. However, the job market goes a lot deeper than just your annual income. Actually, before taking a job with any company, you need to make sure you answer some of the most obvious questions.
In this blog, we will go over the following questions and how you can find the answers to these questions.

  • What Are the Company’s Values?
  • What Is the Company Culture?
  • What Are Your Teammates Like?
  • Will Your Be Able to Learn?
  • Will Your Needs Be Met?
  • Does the Company Allow For Movement?
  • Will You Be Appreciated?
  • Does the Company Offer Stability and Security?

What are the Company’s Values?

Before you even submit a resume, you need to interpret the company’s values. You need to figure out if the company you are applying to has values that align with yours. For instance, different companies will have different motivations. For instance, one company may value meeting high numbers and making money, rather than anything else. Others, of course, will value the quality of their work and their employees. You will ultimately have to determine what types of employment you would feel comfortable with.
You will typically be able to tell what kind of company values are present by how workers treat each other and how upper management respects their employees. If there is an obvious hierarchy to the company, in which lower works are ignored or interrupted, the company most likely only is concerned with raw data and money-making employees. As stated, different companies will operate in alternative ways, based on the values set by their CEOs.
When applying to a company, make sure you do a bit of research on the CEO of the company before you enter into the interview process. By doing a little reading on the CEO, you will be able to get a clue about the attitude of the company you are wanting to work for.

What is the Company Culture?

Attitude is everything, especially for a company. If a company doesn’t have an infectious, positive culture, they are likely to have a high turnover rate. This rate is simply the number of people applying and quitting over time. The idea for any business is to retain their employees and use their talents to benefit the company. However, if the company’s culture is lacking, employees will want to look elsewhere for work.
You will be able to test the culture by seeing their social media presence online. If there is no social engagement, this is the first indication that the company is either behind the times, or doesn’t believe they have anything interesting to share on their social media pages — both of these reasons are not good and could make you rethink your application. If a company has a good culture, they will try to encourage employee participation in fundraising, holiday parties, and other special events. And, if a company culture is really welcoming, they might even have a video displaying the comradery among their workers and management staff. Any social engagement for a company is a positive sign that they are friendly and welcoming to new employees.

What are Your Teammates Like?

The attitude and the character of your peers are vital to whether a job will be beneficial to you or not. If you work with difficult people, you will most likely not last at your job. After all, if you work in a collaborative office, you will have no choice but to interact with your peers. And, if they are difficult or have poor attitudes, it can be close to impossible to get anything done. Not only that, but working with negative people can have lasting effects on you emotionally, severely damaging your self-confidence and belief in your talents.
You will be able to determine what the teams are like at a new job by looking online and reading the reviews of a company. It is important to remember, however, that many people only leave reviews when they are mad or feel rejected.

Will You Be Able to Learn?

A business or company is only worthwhile to work for if you will learn something from it. If you are walking into a new job knowing everything, you will have no change or improvement to your skills. This is self-defeating and a waste of your time. Jobs are meant to challenge you. The point about employment is how you rise above those challenges and grow from them.

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Why Sitting is Bad For Your Health

Sitting Can Affect Every Aspect of Your Life

Nearly 86 percent of the American population sits at a desk for their jobs. According to recent studies, however, sitting at your desk for extended period is actually bad for you. But, how? In this blog, we will discuss some of the ways that classic office spaces are bad for your health.
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Classic Offices Can Destroy Your Health

“Sitting is the new smoking,” or at least according to researcher, Ryan Fiorenzi. Fiorenzi has found that standing or shifting your body every eight minutes could reduce your chances of cancer, types 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and back pain. These are just some of the risk factors to sitting for extended periods of time, however, a desk job poses a lot more health risks than things like cancer or heart disease. No, there are actually a lot more health risks to your job than you might think. The following are just some of the ways your health is negatively impacted.

Back Damage

Back damage is the most obvious health concern when it comes to desk jobs. When you are sitting and hunched over a computer, your back and joints are strained. According to Dr. Joan Vernikos, former director of NASA’s Life Sciences Division, ”We weren’t designed to sit.” Our bodies need to be in perpetual motion to function properly. So much of ourselves rely on motion to heal and carry on with everyday functions. For instance, our muscles are meant to be used. When we sit for eight-to-10 hours a day, our muscles aren’t given the exercise they need.
It is important to understand that just because you have a desk job, does not mean you are guaranteed to have health problems. Today, there are plenty of work areas and companies that encourage moving around and taking regular breaks from work. You are only in danger of health issues when you are not standing or moving around throughout your day. Cubicle desks are notoriously terrible for your health because they are constructed to box you in and keep you from leaving. Detaching from a cubicle desk is much harder than an open layout workspace.

Metabolic Damage

Cubicle, or classic office spaces, are bad for your health in more ways than just physical. Metabolic digestion is also affected by sitting long hours at a desk. And, if you decide to skip breakfast to either get more sleep or get more work done, you are doing more damage to your body than you would think. Our bodies need food to properly function. Without it, cognition is slowed and our stress levels are raised. Not only are digestive issues a problem, but your blood pressure and heart health are also at risk. If you choose to skip a meal, studies have shown that you are at a greater risk to develop high blood pressure, obesity, and heart issues.
Most people, when they are hungry, also get irritable or grouchy. Because of this fact, if you are hungry at work because you have skipped a meal, your attitude towards your job may be altered. For instance, small things can affect you more and your co-workers can upset your faster. Having a bad attitude at work is the fastest way to ensure you won’t be well liked or, most likely, have a job in the near future.
Movement is essential to digestion. Without movement, our stomachs aren’t able to process our food fast enough. When your metabolism is slow, fats and sugars are more readily stored at fats. That means, by sitting at a desk for an extended period of time, you could be causing digestive and metabolic issues for yourself.

Emotional Damage

Sitting at a desk, confined by four white walls has more consequences than just physical. Mentally and emotionally you can suffer from sitting all day at your desk. Humans were not meant to be sequestered at their desks. Having a choice on how you work is so vital to how you feel about your job and your life. Having a workspace that you can move around in and even stand up from time to time can do wonders for your emotional state.
Part of enjoying a job is feeling like your employers care about your well being. Having a flexible workspace that caters to your needs is one of the reasons people enjoy their jobs. However, in classic offices spaces and cubicle desk spaces, this feeling of consideration is lost. After all, cubicles are caging and boring, and don’t account for your needs of physical and mental breaks.
Sitting at a desk all day also can wear down your self-confidence. When you enter a routine of doing the same job day in and day out, you don’t allow yourself any mobility — in any aspect of your life. That means, that you can stay stationary doing the same job, even though you know it doesn’t make you happy. You can feel like you are too comfortable in your current routine to move to a different position or even to a better job.

Sleep Damage

Sitting at a desk can even affect the way you sleep. For instance, if you are stationary all day, your body can get restless in the middle of the night. As stated earlier in this blog, humans weren’t meant to sit for long periods of time. Our bodies naturally ache to move around, which means that your body can choose to become restless when you need to be sleeping. Lack of sleep is one of the fastest ways to have an emotional breakdown and ruin your chances of doing well at your job. Not sleeping, sitting too much, and performing poorly at your job is just an endless cycle that you alone can break.

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How Art in Offices Boost Productivity

Creativity Makes For Productivity

Finding: Art in offices can boost worker productivity.

If you have ever been to an art gallery, you know how easy it is to get lost in a piece of artwork. Whether you like or dislike the piece, you can still find yourself staring at it for several minutes. Art has a way of capturing the human imagination and redefining how we perceive the world. In a study conducted at the University of Exeter, it was found that art can encourage workers to complete tasks faster and with higher quality.

Art Encourages Productivity

To some, it may seem as if art poses too much of a distraction; that abstract objects don’t belong in a place of business. However, Dr. Craig Knight, head of the research group Identity Realisation (IDR), believes otherwise.

“There is a real tendency to opt for sanitized, lean workspaces, designed to encourage staff to just get on with their work and avoid distraction,” he explains.

According to Knight’s research, happy workers make for better workers. This means that small adjustments to the surroundings of workers can inspire them to work faster and with precision. For his experiment, Dr. Knight used the Deutsche Bank as evidence to further explain his theory.

In the German investment bank, there are over 60,000 pieces of art throughout the building. Employees can then download an interactive app that will educate them on the piece and the history behind the artwork. Even more extraordinary, the bank even hosts talks by the artists themselves, which allows to share and discuss the intricacies of their artwork.

What Can Art Do?

In the hours of research done by Knight and his team, it was found that people who worked in “Enriched” offices, worked 15 percent quicker than those of other offices. But how did the team come to this conclusion? Well, Knight separated the different types of offices a business could have in to four separate groups.

The first group, called the “Lean” group, were the businesses that consolidated their office space to only include things necessary to do their tasks.

The “Enriched” group were the businesses that featured art and plants pre-set in their office.

The “Empowered” group were the businesses that had the same art and plants as the enriched group, but the participants could choose where to put them.

And, lastly, the “Disempowered” group were businesses that participants could arrange the art and plants as they pleased, but the experimenter undid the personal changes at the end of the day.

Using these groups helped decipher what types of offices provided the most worker enjoyment and which offices were able to produce more work. Another factor that was measured were the numbers of health complaints received from employees. Of all the teams, the enrichment group had the least number of health complaints and a great increase in productivity.

In the 12 years that Knight has studied art in work environments, he has never seen a lean group be able to produce more, or better, work than other groups. Both, disempowered and lean groups were unable to produce as much as the empowered or enriched teams.

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The History of Office Design

Office Design: The Evolution of Desks and Chairs

It has been reported that at least 86 percent of Americans work sitting at a desk. With most of the population sitting with a desk and a chair, there has got to be a history design behind the styles of office design. Well, there is!
Around the world, people have been innovating new ways to set up their offices in a way that improves productivity, while also enhancing a sense of community. Just like everything else, office design has seen an evolution over the years.
In this blog, we will be discussing the evolution of office design and how the layout of an office can affect workers. If you are currently looking for an office space for your team or business, Fractal, in Ontario, has exactly what you are looking for! At Fractal, you can rent well-designed office spaces for monthly use. And, each of our offices are crafted to incorporate both elements of design and functionality, which means that you can receive a beautiful office space that has a layout to promote worker efficiency.

The Very First Office

Though it can be argued that the first office spaces began long before the 18th century, our history timeline will begin in England in the 1700s. During this time, the British Empire was growing at a rapid rate, as explorers journeyed over oceans to find new worlds. In their discoveries, these explorers found many different goods and resources to bring back to England. With the new market of goods from the New World, trade was at an all-time high for the British. Because of this, the first office building had to be erected in 1726 to keep up with the incoming shipments. This building was known as the Old Admiralty Office and served to handle the masses of paperwork generated by the Royal Navy.
The office space was used to conduct meetings and was later also used as the Admiralty Board Room. This room was necessary to organize how all the documents would be stored, the processes for filing the paperwork, and how many more shipments of goods they would need. Today, The Old Admiralty Office is still in use, but still holds the title of the very first office space.

Taylorism Office Design

The Old Admiralty Office was the first office, but bigger companies would soon follow. For example, The East India Trading Company adopted their own office building that would act as their headquarters to sort through the paperwork of the company. Innovations to office design didn’t happen again until the 20th century. The new office design was called Taylorism and emphasised efficiency and rigid schedules and layouts. The term was named Taylorism by the mechanical engineer, Frank Taylor, who created the office arrangement to maximize industry efficiency.
Though Taylorism created an office space that demanded high performance, there have been many critics of Taylorism. And, as psychology and the study of social efficiency formed and evolved, more people condemned this style of office design.
Taylorism depends on workers being lined up in straight lines and being packed closely together. In the 20th century, factories were filled with workers, all an elbow apart. Taylorism’s main flaw was that it did not consider the worker’s personal space or enjoyment of their job. Instead, Taylorism was purely concerned with achieving results and reaching the maximum level of productivity.

Skyscrapers Change Minds

While Taylorism was in full effect, there were other innovations that were taking place that would revolutionize the way people worked. Skyscrapers were being built in cities across the USA and in the UK. This new way of creating large buildings changed the way that people believed they should work. With the invention of the skyscraper, other innovations were possible, and were included in these buildings, such as electricity, air conditioning, elevators, and phone systems. With all of these changes to the location people worked, this meant that they could reconsider how they worked. This gave birth to the open plan office design.

The Open Office Plan

With the invention of the skyscrapers and other commercial buildings, workplaces could alter their spacious offices to be arranged in different ways. For instance, private offices and open plan workstations became increasingly popular. This style allowed leaders and executives to rise above and gain their own personal offices, while workers were able to have more room to do their work.

This revolution in design initially began due to the innovated designs by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939. Wright designed the new office space for The Johnson Wax company, and created one of the first open office plans that revolutionized how office spaces could be built. The office Wright had designed was created to increase productivity, but also consider the lives of the workers. For instance, the office spaces features elements such as bright lighting, warm colors, and high, cork ceilings. The warm colors had the intention of making the workers comfortable at their desks, while the cork ceiling was designed to absorb the acoustic of the office, such as the general noises and the sounds of the typewriters.

Bürolandschaft

In the early 1960s, the changing times gave way to newer office plans. For instance, socially democratic layout plans were encouraged in the work force, mainly because they encouraged interactions between workers. This attention to the socialization of workers became an office design known as Burolandschaft.

The german office layout advocated for less rigid office landscapes and encouraged teams to be grouped together. Due to this layout, office spaces began to group into teams and gain collaborative advantages. For example, communication was much more efficient and teams were able to form their own communities. Not only that, but different levels of managerial staff were able to communicate and form friendships much more easily. Ultimately, this style of office plan increased worker enjoyment and performance.

Cubicle Farm

Though the 1960s and 1970s were both progressive eras for office design, the 1980s retracted those evolutionary steps with the introduction of the cubicle farm. Instead of using open concepts and collaborative office landscapes, the cubicle farm introduced closed off, individual workspaces. This digression was devastating for office design, especially because the 60s and 70s had embraced open layouts so drastically. Instead, the cubicle format of working, used small, individual desks that were closed off by three walls. It was suspected that by being closed off, workers would be able to focus and get more work done. However, this office design had intense backlash, as the office design increased depression and burnout rates among workers.

Offices Today

Today, offices can incorporate many different types of designs. However, as technology has evolved, people are not bound to their desks like they used to be. Many workers can work remotely, or work in coffee shops, their homes, or in the lounges of their office buildings. Because there is no need for large computer monitors anymore, workers have adopted a new system getting their work done. With the invention of laptops, workers can be one-the-go and get their work done the way they want to. Many companies have embraced this free open space plan, and have encouraged workers to use open workspaces, such as lounges, meeting rooms, and other collaborative spaces to work and socialize with others.

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Do Collaborative Workspaces Work For Businesses?

Psychology Explains: Do Collaborative Workspaces Work?

The study of psychology tries to understand why humans behave the way that they do. As we have evolved, so have our work habits; instead of swinging from vines, we now work at desks. Psychology tries to understand this evolutionary change and how humans have adapted to it. For instance, how do humans respond to work environments, what makes them feel comfortable, and what factors encourage workflow?
In this blog, we will be discussing how a collaborative workspace can psychologically encourage your employees to work better and faster.

Established Sense of Community

Even before your workers get started on their jobs, they need to know that they are being ushered into a welcoming work environment. More importantly, your business should establish that new workers can go to other workers to ask questions about their job. When you foster a more inclusive environment, you are much more likely to give your business a comfortable feeling. Workers who are ignored or punished when they ask questions, are less likely to feel like their work environment supports them. Businesses should learn to support their workers, especially when they are learning how to do their job. Expecting that someone is hired and doesn’t require a learning curve isn’t realistic.
Aside from establishing an inviting community, you should also make sure that you show off the sense of community that your offices can bring. One of the major benefits of a collaborative work environment is that socialization among co-workers is increased. By having an open area to work, employees feel more inclined to converse with each other, not just for business-related topics. Of course, this can be a double-edged sword, as socialization in business can also diminish productivity. However, with a better sense of community, workers can feel more comfortable to work, which can have an effect on the overall quality of their work.

Increase Communication and Idea Creation

In collaborative environments, ideas are able to be shared. Communication in these types of work environments is also magnified, as workers don’t have to travel or dial a number to contact their co-workers. In an open space, workers can communicate effectively and create new ideas. Better still, these ideas can be built off of each other, which can catapult ideas from small thoughts to real-life innovations.
Though collaboration can be an exciting prospect for businesses, psychology also warns about natural human behavior. For instance, the psychological phenomenon, Groupthink, is always a concern for businesses. This means that a group of people wish to agree on the same things in order to maintain a sense of unity and conformity. As a result of this, ideas and thoughts can be skewed to benefit the group and can alter decision-making processes.
Groupthink can be a dangerous concept for businesses, especially ones that expect to thrive and innovate. However, there are ways to make sure that groupthink does not happen to your office. In corporate businesses, collaborative workspaces can keep people engaged to think of new ideas. Though groupthink can occur, with a community of workers bouncing ideas off each other, it is less likely to happen.
Also, collaborative workspaces can combat groupthink using diversity. As a business, hiring many diverse people is important. When you only hire one type of person for your business, this is when groupthink can be risky. For instance, if you hire the same demographic of workers, they are likely to think similarly. Because of this, collaborative workspaces won’t work to innovate or encourage alternative thought. Instead, your business is likely to only think one way, and very strongly.

Workers Have More Control Of Their Jobs

With collaborative environments, workers generally feel as if they have more control over their jobs. In many collaborative workspaces, they are typically open 24/7, which means workers can utilize their own space when they have a deadline or when they want to show their own progress. And, open work environments also encourage workers to take breaks. In many businesses, work can be difficult and mentally taxing, by offering an open space that encourages breaks, you are subconsciously letting your workers know you care for their well being. This can help employees feel well-supported at their job and have a better handle on their workload.

Thriving Rates and On-Going Studies

According to Harvard Business Review, researchers have studied the effects of collaborative workspaces and gathered that these spaces encourage productivity. Though co-working environments encourage breaks and socialization, they also improve a workers quality of work-life. According to a survey in which workers rated how much they were thriving at their job, collaborative workers rated their environments a six-out-of-seven. There is currently on-going research happening to try to pinpoint exactly what about co-corking environments improve employee enthusiasm.

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How to Introduce Workers to a New Open Office Plan

How to Introduce Workers to a New Office Plan

What separates major businesses from each other is their work culture. How a business treats their employees says a lot about their values and how they intend to succeed in business. Major corporations, such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, have devoted millions of dollars to the redesign of their workspaces. Why? Their primary objective was to improve the work quality of their business and invite the best minds onto their team. After all, no one wants to work somewhere they don’t like.

By having a workspace that encourages collaborative, as well as creative thought, employees feel more valued. In this blog, we will be discussing how best to introduce your workers to a new, open office plan. Through collaborative workspaces, you and your workers will be able to experience the benefits of an open office.

Office Back Then and Now

In the past, offices were plain, non-decorative, and organized in straight lines. How people worked wasn’t a concern for major businesses. Instead, all businesses cared about was their revenue numbers, nevermind the turnover rate of their employees. Workers who had regimented schedules and cage-like workspaces had their job because they needed to survive, not because they liked their employers. However, since businesses have gained so much competition in their industries, corporations constantly look for ways to give themselves advantages. One large factor to the productivity and success of a business is its workforce. Without an enthusiastic workforce, a business isn’t able to thrive or innovate. For tech companies, such as Google and Microsoft, stagnation isn’t an option; only the best and brightest minds are able to work for these types of companies. However, since these types of companies desire motivated, brilliant workers, they need to ensure that their employees enjoy working under them — hence luxurious workspaces that encourage collaborative thought.

Have a Vision for Your Workspace

As a business, you need to have certain goals. There are obviously goals you will have for your business in terms of projected revenue and success, however, you should also have goals for your work culture. For example, to have a thriving business, you want people to feel encouraged to apply and work for your company. Building a comfortable, safe, and inviting work environment should be one of your top priorities. There are two ways to build this type of work culture: hire diverse and positive people and work in an incredible building.

Why would these two things be so important? Well, your workers are what make your culture. If you hire like-minded people, there is no innovation that can occur. Also, the people you initially hire will begin the path of your work culture. This means you should look for positive people that seem friendly and intelligent.

Second, your office building is also important for your work culture. Where your employees work is essential to how they interpret the importance of their job, their individual productivity, and their enjoyment of their job.

So, once you have a vision for your business, then you have show enthusiasm for it.

Show Enthusiasm for Your Workspace

Much of your work culture derives from the attitude you portray to your workers. If you have a vision about your business, you need to be excited about it! For instance, if you are preparing your workers for a new office space, you need to be enthusiastic about the move and the new building. If you show hesitance or a distaste for your building or business, employee will perceive that and choose to have a similar viewpoint.
In a study conducted by Harvard Business Review, it was found that leaders who were positive about their new buildings and office spaces had positive feedback from their employees. It also should be noted that leaders who were not positive about their new offices spaces had their employees struggle with their workplace transition. With this being said, if you are moving into another office, or have redesigned your current office, it is important to remain positive throughout the entire transition. Without a leader’s positive attitude, workers are less likely to adapt and enjoy their work environment.

Adapt Your Workspace to Your Needs

In the workplace, it is important to encourage individualism. For most businesses, this means that workers are allowed to be themselves and adapt their workspaces to fit their needs. This can range from having their desks arranged in a certain way to even decorating their desks with personal pictures and trinkets. As a business, it is important to allow your workers to feel as comfortable as possible in their workspaces. Personalizing their own workspaces should be not only tolerated, but encouraged among workers.

Fractal Coworking

At Fractal Coworking, we have rentable workspaces for your business. By choosing our workspaces, you can gain well-designed, open, and inviting offices for your workers. At Fractal Coworking, we have incorporated elements of creative and structural design to optimize our office spaces. Contact us today if you are interested.

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Our first flagship Fractal is strategically situated in the west end of beautiful Kingston, Ontario. When the time is right, we will advance into other small cities & suburbs. Contact us to learn more.

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623 Fortune Crescent
 Kingston, Ontario K7P OL5

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