The Best Way to Optimize Your Workplace for Innovation

With the fast growth of technology and constant rise of new enterprises offering similar services, organizations are becoming increasingly pressured to innovate, provide “out-of-the-box” solutions to existing problems in order to set themselves apart from the competition.

Setting an organization up to innovate takes more than asking the right questions during an interview and employing the right people, there also has to be a work environment that allows innovation to foster. Though the employees come up with innovative ideas, the environment they work in can either aid them or hinder them.

While most workplace designs tend to lean toward one kind of work; either focus or collaborative, Haworth’s white paper on innovation states a workplace that optimizes for innovation offers spaces for both focused work and restorative work - a workplace should have facilities that support all parts of work/brain activity i.e. focused work, collaborative work and restoration. Providing these spaces in a workplace will allow the seamless flow of creative solving among teams

These facilities include:

Focus Work Areas such as phone booths, pods etc.

Employees in an open workspace often feel the need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the workplace in order to be more productive. In such instances, employees go to the coffee shop to work or some corner in the office that is forgotten and rarely used. Research from S