Lead People Scientist, Culture Amp
Senior Workplace Strategist, Axiom
Chloe: Another thing to think about is innovation plays a large part as well, so this is a bit contentious in the research. We see lots of questionable things come out, but there’s some sound research around how you can design workspaces, to consider colour, a certain stimuli, as well as, even actually, people’s body position – so, what type of furniture do you give them. Not sure if you’ve seen that, kind of, play out?
Annelie: Absolutely, and we always say people think better on their feet. So traditionally a lot on interaction in formal meeting spaces requires someone to walk in, sit down around a formal table and you feel like you are wedded to a particular position. Where if you can create a room that is a little bit more informal and has whiteboard space and standing space, people tend to move around and interact more freely, and can therefore probably come up with a whole heap of ideas a lot quicker.