Give Ideas Room to Grow
How Workplace Design Improves Innovation
If you’re in the market for an innovation boom, start by removing unintentional barriers between people and ideas. Our research partners took this approach; see how their new workplaces are making it easier for people to solve problems and transform ideas into profitable solutions.
There are places where I can have impromptu meetings.
I can interact informally with my co-workers.
I can have conversations without interrupting others.
*Aggregated results from our survey of Living Office research partners before and after their workplace design
Many of the organizations we work with struggle to untangle information bottlenecks, often caused by ill-equipped conference rooms, workstations with high partitions, and floorplans that inhibit circulation. Workplaces with settings and connective space designed for interactions both impromptu and planned make it easy for people to share ideas.
“People are sharing stories and information, and that knowledge transfer is helping us connect the dots and solve problems.”
Project Executive, DPR Construction
Organizations have unique factors that define how and why they share information—factors that determine the types of spaces they need. See what happened when two companies used our Living Office placemaking approach to transform their workplaces into innovation incubators.
When a construction company needed a collaborative boost, they invested in a spacious, tech-equipped training room, among other settings.
Variety of Collaborative Spaces
collaborative spaces before redesign
collaborative spaces after redesign
When this men’s grooming company moved to a new office, improving innovation was all about capturing the power of improvisational interaction.
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