Activity Based Working

Design Your Office With a Gym-Style Layout To Increase Engagement

Unless you’re Google or AirBnB and have a massive office complex, your company’s footprint may be confined to one floor. However, this doesn’t always have a positive impact on engagement.

One assumes that in a commercial office space, there is a lot of hustle and bustle. People moving from one space to the next, engaging with each other, having great conversations, contribute to a healthy culture.

The Decrease in Engagement

In the age of Slack notifications, email, VoIP phone systems, Zoom meeting invites, Google Hangouts, and smartphone group chats, employees are staying sedentary and isolated at their desks…because they can. There isn’t a need to stand up and walk from one side of the office to the other, or take the elevator to another floor. While this sometimes helps reduce distractions and increase longer amounts of productivity for both parties, it only works if the receiving party has notifications turned off.

This increased age of connection not only has a physical drawback, it also has a long-term negative mental effect. By decreasing the amount of engagement between employees, the physical body grows stagnant in its muscular movement. This decreases circulation and also brain power. Additionally, the decrease of interpersonal interactions make it difficult to brainstorm effectively. This is because humans accomplish creative breakthroughs when reacting to another person’s physical and verbal cues.

Ways to Encourage Interactions

To counteract the stagnation of 21st century office communications, solutions such as “walk-and-talk meetings,” gym membership incentives, and larger family-style cafeteria layouts have been introduced.

Another simple solution, one which we illustrate in the photos below, is to think of your office like an old-school gym. Instead of placing similar departments close to one another, try doing the opposite. This forces people to walk, think, and move differently. A “gym layout” is just placing office furniture around the workspace in a way that fosters physical movement. This helps employees accomplish one multiple activities.

A simple study conducted in pre-schools showed that by moving activity areas around the room periodically, children’s brain activities increased. This is because their environmental changes stimulated their awareness and forced them to navigate change. This constant change has a major impact on engagement.

We suggest implementing modular and collaboration office furniture to accomplish a fun, gym-style layout to the office and try changing it up every year to stimulate teams, increase communications, and foster creative solutions.

A modular workstation layout makes it easy to change your layout once a year in your office and stimular brain activity with employees.

Use Modular Office furniture to optimize your footprint and support different activities in one office space.

furniture that can lead to higher engagement

collaborative furniture to promote engagement

Acoustic furniture allows small groups to brainstorm effectively in a gym-style layout in their office.

furniture that encourages engagement

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