It’s clear that many of you understand the benefits of creating activity-based work environments. You want to create spaces in which employees can work wherever, whenever, and with whomever they need to in order to deliver results for your customers. You know you can attract the best talent by removing geographical barriers. You want to create environments that foster productivity and innovation. Your business can save on CapEx, space requirements, and energy costs.
So how do you get started with workplace transformation? Is it time to start ripping out cubicle walls and reclaiming conference rooms as team huddle spaces? Not quite.
Workplace transformation is about more than just the physical environment. It’s about how you enable people to work together better, no matter where they are. And the best way to do that is to fully understand the needs of your workforce – both current and future. And to identify how your employees can best support the needs of your customers and your business.
I asked my colleague Hans Hwang, our vice president of Collaboration Advanced Services, how companies can get started. Here’s some of his advice:
- A good first step is to understand the needs of your business. Identify your priorities and your pain points. Develop a collaboration strategy that aligns with these, making sure to accommodate different work activities and personality types.
- From the very beginning, be sure to consider how you incorporate BYOD, wireless, immersive video, virtual office, and physical security into your overall strategy.
- Ensure that IT engages with HR, corporate real estate, and facilities planners early in the process. Align workplace strategies to the collaboration strategy and minimize facilities rework as the efforts take shape.
Like many journeys, you may know where you want to be but aren’t sure of the route to get there. Engaging your HR and corporate real estate peers in a serious conversation about your goals is a great place to start.
You don’t have to go it alone. Cisco works closely with your space designers, real estate management firms, architects and furniture vendors to ensure that workplace transformation efforts are centered on user experience and maximize the benefits to your employees, customers and your business. We can connect you to the right partner or help scope out the services you need to achieve your desired results.
What steps have you taken to get started? Let me know in the comments below.
This post wraps up Carl’s four-part series in which he explores how a more flexible, agile, and collaboration-centric work environment benefits your business. Read the first, second, and third posts here: