Architecture and design can support – or even change – company culture, according to new research from US office furniture giant Haworth. The report suggests physical workplaces that reflect and encourage specific organisational cultures can lead to better-motivated employees.
To maximise workspace utility, Haworth defines four types of office culture:
Accurately identifying and representing the desired company culture is vital to smart design, explains Gabor Nagy, research programme manager at Haworth. For example, while whimsical Google-style workplace interiors are increasingly popular, playful office design may backfire if an organisation’s culture is more competitive than creative.
However, when design accurately facilitates, supports and reflects a company’s vision and values, it’s “a tangible opportunity to convert the office into a space that sets high performance standards", according to the report.
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