The Federal Government’s best-kept Secret:
We’ve defined the Future Office as being the best practices of today now applied as a general practice; simply put, when we find a better way to do something, we trend – slowly as global entity, but like a wildfire in small groups. A perfect example of a wildfire spreading quickly is the Government of Canada and whom better to study of leading by example than our very own government?
What does the Government of Canada have to do with office furniture? And even more to the point, what do they have to do with best practices that can be reproduced for profitable revenue growth with small business? Would not the argument be brought up that entrepreneurs are a distinct opposite of government unionized employees? And that by trying to divulge value through practices by one for the other would be futile at best, but mostly weak and unsupported?
All of the theoretical questions really boil down to a mathematical equation that is as simple as two words: how much? As in how much is it going to cost right now, how much is it going to cost in the long run, and how much am I going to benefit from it financially if I went with this option? For a broader perspective and the more inquisitive mind, the financial benefit itself is broken into different categories: such as how much will this depreciate for tax purposes, how much will it increase productivity, how much will it retain value in the sense of adapting to changes down the road?
The Government of Canada, through Workplace 2.0, manages to encapsulate a majority of the best practices being used by small businesses and corporate offices, and articulate them clearly within a set of guidelines that anyone can follow. They maximize sustainability for long-term forecasting as well as capitalizing on the cost-of-acquisition benefits from minimization. I’m hesitant to use the term ‘minimization’ because there was a time when that just meant shrinking workstations, so perhaps the term I should be using is ‘optimization’.
Work space is being optimized, not to just decrease the amount of real-estate being used per employee – which is in itself a cost savings – but to better utilize the dead-space being used in that employee’s indirect absence. Its re-envisioning spaces and implementing systems that connect staff and employ work-flow techniques that actually improve task-efficiency rather than just say it will. Workplace optimization is decidedly the heaviest hitter when the contestants for total-cost-of-acquisition are brought into the ring, and still a key player in terms of total-cost-of-ownership, alongside sustainability and adaptability.
Workplace 2.0 Summary and how Design Does Matter:
Implement sustainable best-practices whenever possible:
Optimize space in a manner that isn’t focused on workstation minimization, but employee work-type and corporate culture adherence; the government of Canada has also given sq. meter standards per type of employee, we can learn a lesson from this by adapting our space planning metric from generally-accepted standards to a more progressive and customized model:
- Impact the office ecosystem by allowing natural light and maximizing on non-inhibiting and natural chance-meeting conjunctions:
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