Finding the right office style for you

January 24, 2018 Kelsey Burgess

The modern workplace is a far different place than it was a few decades ago. As technological changes continue and more millennials enter the workforce, the future of work and workplace continues to evolve and increasingly more companies are updating their offices in response to this dynamic workforce and changing needs.

According to JLL research, construction costs rose 3 percent through 2017 and are expected to follow suit heading into 2018 and beyond. In addition, tenant improvement allowances spiked as landlords of both new and existing assets compete for tenants.  

With so many companies adapting their workplaces to stay competitive in this ever-changing world, it might be time to make some changes to your workspace as well. But how do you know where to start? And how do you know what office style is right for you?

Your office design starts with you

According to Vicki Eickelberger, Managing Director of Big Red Rooster, JLL’s brand experience and design division, “The industry you’re in matters. Some industries require a lot of heads down people at their desk while some require much more collaborative space. And some industries require a lot of different seating types where having a range of seating types is important because on any given day, the task may change.  No matter what the industry, it’s important to identify who you are and what your needs are early on in the design process.”

“Before anything else, companies need to understand their culture, brand and values. They need to understand what their future vision is and who their employees and clients are in order to make sure the space resonates with its users,” added Vicki. “Once we understand the brand, we can begin to celebrate it by bringing it to life throughout the physical space. At the end of the day, an office style should be the perfect reflection of the organization.”

Hoteling at Hyatt’s Headquarters

The recent Hyatt Headquarters renovation provides a perfect example of how custom tailoring an office design to the hotel’s brand and their needs is critical to happy employees.

According to Erica Dunlavy, Senior Project Manager, JLL, “We started working on the design process with the client even before the building was selected. Working together, we took a free address – or hoteling – approach to Hyatt’s workspace. Everyone has a home, but they are encouraged and able to choose wherever they like to work on any given day. They can work from an adjustable desk, conference room, huddle room, café or any of several spots spread throughout the office. And we took the workstation itself to a whole new level, offering six different types of desks – each with a different furniture application to fit the employees’ various needs. Hyatt felt this design empowered the employees to work the way they wanted to work.”

“In addition to achieving Hyatt’s design needs, we are also close to achieving WELL certification, which would make Hyatt’s Headquarters the largest WELL certified office fit out in Chicago,” added Erica. “Achieving this level of certification says so much about Hyatt’s commitment to the health and well-being of its employees – and Hyatt is already seeing results.”

Narrowing in on the right office style for you

Whether you a fast growing tech firm or a law firm celebrating its 100th anniversary, your office style should reflect who you are as a company. While a tech firm may take a more progressive approach to its overall design, a law firm may take a more traditional approach. Or they might fall in between, taking a more moderate approach. But no matter which approach you take, it’s important to make every decision with your culture and your people top of mind. After all, these decisions are not only a reflection of you, but they are sure to impact your workplace for many years to come. 

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