For some people, ‘Workplace’ brings to mind a typical corporate office. But, Workplaces are more than just offices they include a diverse range of work settings; hospitals, warehouses, factories, shops, schools, stadia even railway stations.
All work happens somewhere, and all workplaces and their users require the provision of a conducive space, environment and services in order to be productive.
Workplaces need to be viewed holistically to ensure that their spatial, cultural and technological components are aligned but we also need to recognise that there are fundamental differences in the focus of different Workplaces, their output and the requirements needed in servicing them.
In our experience the diagram below best describes the holistic view of the different Workplaces.
Workplacefundi Workplace Model
It is unlikely that in any given organisational portfolio there is a single class of Workplace and more likely there will be an expression of at least two if not all three types. The secret to optimising the efficiency and effectiveness of a given multifunctional portfolio is to recognise the different strategies and service regimes that will maximise efficiency and effectiveness.