Productivity and interpersonal connections at flexible workplace

Bálint Erényi at February 21, 2023

There is only a certain amount of time in one day. Or in a month. Or in a year. To get the most out of it, we need to talk about productivity.

What is productivity?

What is productivity?

A day, a year, or a life is finite in terms of time. There is an ability of a person, group, or organization to work effectively within that time frame. Productivity is what we call to maximize output during that time.

In global business, there are hardly any lone wolves. Those who strive for success, are doomed to work with others. To put it shortly: we are not alone, so interpersonal connections are something we have to address.

It’s not about the what, but the how.

It’s not about the what, but the how.

We exchange information, ideas, and opinions with each other daily, on different scales. It is a soft skill and the result is affected by one’s capacity for interpersonal interaction.

We can hire employees who are brilliant in their field. But their lack of interpersonal skills may limit their ability to advance. Even worse, a lack of communication in the office can hinder the expansion of a company. To avoid that, we should concentrate on ways to enhance interpersonal communication at work.

So now that we know what skills we need at an employee, let’s see what benefits could be of a flexible workplace.

Working in a flexible workplace

Working in a flexible workplace

According to the Gartner 2021 Digital Worker Experience Survey, 43% of participants said that having flexible work schedules helped them be more productive, and 30% of participants said that spending less or no time commuting helped them to be more productive.

Serviced office providers are aware of this, and that’s why these offices are generally located in downtown areas. When choosing a location, they always take commuting options and infrastructural aspects into consideration.

We now know that remote workers are frequently more productive than their in-office counterparts. In contrast to widely held but false beliefs about remote working before the pandemic. This is not surprising because agile working and other flexible workplace models were created specifically to increase productivity.

Employees require various settings and solutions to be productive and produce their best work. With a flexible workplace, they can choose where to work depending on what they need to complete their tasks. They might occasionally need seclusion and peace. Other times, they might thrive on stimulation and interaction.

It has become clear that maintaining a healthy work-life balance is essential in preventing burnout and boosting productivity. 

To meet the demands of the workforce offering a space that is dynamic and allows for an unrestricted exchange of ideas is essential

Flexible workplaces provide a forward-thinking solution to these shifting habits. A combination of flexible and fixed desks will keep the energy flowing. Cozy conference rooms and chic private offices will give you the space you need at the moment. 

Other services and little extras, such as built-in daybeds, art-filled lounges, cafes, pantries, and wellness rooms will be elastic in providing individuals and teams with a workspace that can be customized to suit the way they work.

The ‘third place’ – where connections are born

The ‘third place’ – where connections are born

Flexible workplaces offer more than just new conference rooms and private offices. 

In actuality, they offer what sociologist Ray Oldenburg described as a “third place”. Third places are neutral, open areas where people can congregate. They can do various things like work on personal projects, share ideas, and more. 

Third places in office settings, which can be either a café or a group of couches, offer a calm area where workers can interact and unwind. Businesses should be aware of the role that third parties play in simulating neutrality. Third places also provide a practical alternative to working at a desk.

Worker’s tolerance for monotony and repetition is on the decline. They demand flexibility and an agile work environment.

They do so not for only their comfort, they ask for less supervision not because they want to slack off. 

All they want is to do their best, and now they know just what they need to be able to do so.