As workplace designers, we often ponder the connection between workspace and the culture of an organization. Does the environment an individual works in shape or support the business culture? Can space foster cultural transformations in companies? Are all these workspace trends helping organizations and their employees, or is it all hype? During a recent Roundtable hosted by SmithGroupJJR’s Workplace practice, the relationship between organizational culture, human capital and the built environment were discussed and debated.
Despite a diverse representation of industries and company size, our participants shared many common themes. The dialog uncovered a need for transparency in the workplace. Not only spatial transparency, but a desire for organizational transparency, leading us to conclude there’s “A New Honesty in the Workplace”.
The resulting synopsis summarizes the discussion and highlights the following takeaways: