eX Summit successfully launched its first event - eX Indy - last week at Launch Fishers in the Indianapolis area. We had a packed house, great speakers and panelists who provided the audience with a lot of actionable best practices (85% agreed on that).
As we already wrote about it, only 30% of the US employees feel engaged and inspired at work. It is a serious issue organizations must address, considering that increased engagement means (from Emplify's presentation):
- 22% higher utilization and productivity
- 50% lower turnover rate
- 3 times more profitable in operating margin.
The power of workplace design
Business Furniture, from a Steelcase report, highlighted that in order to design a workplace that is resilient and encourages engagement, organizations must create an ecosystem of interconnected zones and settings that are destinations where people have choice and control over where and how they work. This ecosystem should offer a palette of posture, presence and privacy. When organizations do this, they help people by offering spaces that support their physical, cognitive and emotional wellbeing.
When considering (re)designing the workplace, companies should:
- conduct a thorough research on workplace design strategy and best practices
- engage employees throughout the process to increase the rate of adoption
- provide spaces for BOTH collaboration and concentration.
How design drives the employee experience
Studio Science highlighted how organizations can use design methodologies and processes to foster employee collaboration and engagement.
Using design sprints - the same way tech companies use "dev" sprints - Nathan's team creates the space and the framework to tackle complex problems by involving multiple teams with different skills and mindsets.