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Define Organizational Culture Through Workspace Design

Defining an organization’s culture goes beyond having a charismatic leadership and employee incentives. The definition involves the underlying values, beliefs and principles that govern the organization’s management style, policies, and practices. These facets of culture in turn define the kind of employees the organization has.

Businesses are becoming increasingly aware of how workplace culture creates and maintains the norms an organization. The top companies have a culture of consistent productivity, motivated employees and a high retention rate, and are successful at adapting to changes in their market. But what most industry insiders miss is how the workplace itself makes, or breaks, an organization’s culture.

How does a company’s culture affect behavior?

In the simplest terms, happy employees are more productive, creative, and satisfied with their employment. They pass on their positive attitude to others to perpetuate a culture of motivation. Unhappy employees are the opposite. They pass their negative attitudes on to others, which hampers productivity and creates an environment that employees will want to leave.

However, an employee can be the most productive and positive person on your team, but if he or she has to come to a workplace that looks like an abandoned machine shop every day and is expected to come up with cutting edge ideas, that positive attitude will chip away. Investing in an interior design that promotes productivity and matches your organization’s culture will be instrumental in maintaining high-value talent.

Whether your company is an aerospace giant or a clothing retailer, what your company represents will determine what kind of culture you want to affect. But in general there are three things that are consistent: productivity, balance, and adaptability.

Productivity and design

Are you a manufacturer, an engineering firm, or a university? As disparate as those options sound, all three require workspaces that encourage private spaces for innovative thinking and shared spaces that provide a place for collaboration. Consider Lucky Brand Jeans’s open design that offers individual workstations in a collaborative environment.

Balance and design

In addition to creating private and shared spaces, public spaces provide a place where employees can recharge their creative juices or rest up before returning to a rigorous workday. This important balance between work and life is essential to preventing employee burn-out and stress. Entertainment provider, Hulu, is one such company that offers a variety of spaces that allow its employees a place to relax and recharge.

Adaptability and design

The ability to respond to change in innovative ways is what puts the most successful companies at the top. The ability to promote creative thinking also carries over to successful colleges and universities. Loyola Marymount’s Hannon Library is designed with adjustable seating and modular units that allow for different configurations that will best encourage academic creativity.

Workplace satisfaction is an important factor in an organization’s culture. One concrete way to encourage an environment of communication, socialization and productivity is to design the workplace in a way that positively reflects your organization’s values and goals. To learn more about what Tangram Interiors can do for your organization, contact us for more information.