Breaking down the office walls and shifting to open workspaces are frequent practices in today’s evolving workplace. Effective cross-functional collaboration and communication, and the use of the right technology at the right time, are crucial as organizations move towards more matrixed environments. Panelists gathered from Aspire, Cars.com, Morton Salt, and Willis Towers Watson, to discuss how workspace design is adapting to meet these needs, and how best to balance the use of technology with human interaction to enable productivity amongst the noise.
What began as an idea to drive cost-savings and utility of corporate real estate, the demand for open workspaces skyrocketed when people implications were correlated to the space. They are now used for a variety of reasons that range from a means to enable innovation, to a recruiting tool to showcase organizational values, a modern edge, and a collaborative and inclusive culture.
“Success in an open workspace is about redefining what it means to be productive and how to get work done,” said Cynthia Hiskes, Chief People Officer at Cars.com. “Moving to an open space can be distracting,” Hiskes continued, “but the opportunities for learning and collaboration that the space allows are worth the tradeoff.”
So, how does one find success in an open workspace?