Workplace culture is the combined beliefs, values and behaviours of a collective group at work.
Workplace culture is important as it defines the mindset, attitudes and outcomes achieved by a group at work.
Technology has massively affected the way we work in terms of process, pace, and geographical location, most notably due to its increasingly mobile nature which allows staff to increasingly achieve outcomes in absentia from the traditional ‘office’.
Morale at work is a physically intangible yet pervasive emotional climate identifying with a collective work group.
Morale is easily influenced by positive or negative factors and is able to be monitored through observation, interviews, engagement surveys or by measuring identified performance outcomes.
With the advent of the open plan office and a subsequent increase in agile ways of working over the last few decades, noise pollution has become a significant issue for workers.
Human energy is fluid with natural peaks and troughs throughout the day. In a heavily occupied space, these peaks are easily identifiable by almost insurmountable noise levels which counteract productivity targets.
Excessive workplace noise can be combated in one of three ways:
A coordinated workplace strategy combines and aligns all the key elements including the physical, virtual, human and cultural aspects of your organisation. Whether mitigating noise pollution or orchestrating any of a myriad of nuisance workplace issues, a strategic and collective approach is your best determinant of successful change.
Happiness in the workplace can be aligned to meeting the human needs of the workers and the collective work group
Happy workers are generally those experiencing the following:
There is no magic formula with which to quantify worker happiness, but implementing these top 15 items will certainly benefit your workforce and, in turn, your business.
Facilitating workplace change is complex and often met with a measure of resistance by those involved in the process.
Often stakeholders are overwhelmed by the nature and type of change: the ‘What’. By taking the time to educate stakeholders on the ‘Why’ of the change, those affected will be more willing to invest in the process. From this point it becomes possible to collectively embark on a change pathway.
Workplace change often falls into one of the following 3 categories:
Success is largely dependent on the work that goes into the implementation plan. Before any new process, technology, seating arrangement or organisational structure comes into effect, serious amounts of time and energy should be expended in the planning phase. By considering the elements most likely to support the change process, instigators will better resource and communicate the implementation to achieve success. Successful workplace change is usually synonymous with the following:
For those tasked with facilitating workplace change, use these simple 10 steps to safeguard your success from the planning phase onward:
Some people are natural leaders, but for most of us, leadership is a skill which can be learned.
True leaders can unlock exponential productivity by identifying and leveraging the potential of the staff they manage. A business full of empowered and enthusiastic workers will be on the fast track to success.
To identify whether those in authority are true leaders within your business, first assess these items:
If there are any of the above which are answered with a resounding ‘No’, then a simple gap analysis will be all that is required to instigate a professional development and improvement plan. With leadership largely a ‘taught’ skill, everyone has the ability to become a better leader with the right support and assistance.
Productivity in the workplace can be measured using simple metrics.
Although dependant on the specific ‘type’ of productivity you are seeking to measure, the following equation is generally sufficient:
Total volume of work completed
__________________________ x by the quality of work achieved = Total productivity
Total time to complete work
10 widgets made
________________ x 90% quality achieved on 10 widgets = 4.5 widgets per hour
2 hours to make
$100,000 in sales
_________________ x 90% quality (conversion) = $4,500 sales per hour
20 hours spent
Once you identify your metrics and understand your results, you can then define a target to meet your financial needs i.e. ‘we need to achieve a productivity of 5 widgets an per hour to breakeven’.
Wellness has become a massive focus for organisations globally as research has uncovered the impact employee health and wellbeing has on their function and output.
Not only so, organisations are increasingly taking on more social responsibility for their employee’s wellbeing, with work consuming on average 60% of the modern employee’s conscious hours. In Australia alone where presenteeism and absenteeism from work has been measured as costing organisations approximately $26 billion annually, integrating a wellness focus into your workplace strategy is critical.
The National Wellness Institute of America describes wellness as being ‘an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence’.
It is important to understand the multi-dimensional nature of wellness in order to tailor a best practise response to individual needs. These dimensions include:
Achieving satisfactory workplace wellness is not based on chance or ad hoc initiatives. Instead, research should be conducted which identifies individual and collective stakeholder needs and then develops an authentic and meaningful response.
This response could take the shape of behaviours, activities, events or facilities which support and promote a culture of wellness in the workplace. These could include:
Most people want to succeed and contribute through their role at work.
However, that sense of motivation can fade over time as staff become disillusioned, which can occur due to some or all of the following factors:
The time for resorting to the ‘big stick’ to improve outcomes is gone.
The most successful way to harness and improve the motivation of your staff is to seek to understand their issues, be empathetic and work together to develop a solution.
Simply providing staff with a job description and a pay packet is not enough. To get the best results out of our staff, leaders will determine the success of the organisation by the quality of what we are putting into our team.
With the rise of agile and mobile technologies there has been an increase in the capability of employees to work flexibly.
But what is flexible working? Strategies like ABW (Activity Based Working) and Agile Working are sometimes referred to as flexible workplace strategies and are largely defined by their adherence to the 3 A’s.
Allowing employees to work flexibly focuses on outcomes, not hours in the office. This approach considers the staff as professionals who are committed to contributing to the organisation’s vision and will thus direct their own activity in order to achieve set goals.
Flexible working takes into consideration the needs of the whole person including their social, family, relational and wellness needs and empowers staff to balance competing demands.
Many organisations have successfully rolled out flexible working strategies, however such a move should be planned and implemented in a holistic manner.
To get the best value out of any change to your workplace strategy, especially if you’re looking to add more flexible options for your staff, leverage the expertise of a skilled Workplace Strategist to develop a program that encompasses the Physical, Virtual, Human and Cultural elements and ensures success from planning through to implementation.
Wurkspace7’s in-house team of passionate qualified professionals include:
Wurkspace7 proudly partners with leading architects and engineers from Australia’s premier design firms dependant on the complexity of the particular project to best meet client needs.
The average cost for a commercial fitout project can vary greatly depending on the location, complexity and unique needs of the particular project.
On average, a commercial design and construction project will total approximately $1,000-$1,200/m2, with this figure inclusive of all finishes, furniture and mechanical/hydraulic services.
This figure is variable, with totals for high-spec locations such as Sydney and Melbourne likely to go above $1,200/m2 and simple projects without mechanical/hydraulic service scope can fall under $1,000/m2.
Despite the location or the complexity of the project, the total sum per m2 of a design and construct model is considerably less than a traditional design/bid/build project model, with savings accrued not only in relation to budget, but also when comparing time to completion.
Leading and progressive organisations globally understand the value of technology as an enabling tool which supports improved performance and outcomes.
Technology (as referred to in an office environment) covers three key areas:
Any comprehensive workplace strategy should encompass each of these items. Decision-makers and stakeholders will benefit from exposure to the efficiency optimisation capabilities these tools and systems provide.
The first step in your project journey is a tailored Vision & Strategy session facilitated by our expert project team.
This session is designed to introduce you to our 7-step project process and provide you with all the information you need to ensure your project succeeds. View our gallery to see how past clients just like you have achieved their optimised workspace.
This is a common question and the answer is no! Our family company is 100% Australian owned and operated and now drawing on the talents of the third generation of professionals to maintain the high quality and customer experience you deserve.
We understand our name has a European feel to it. Our purpose however, is to put ‘U’ at the centre of your design and avoid a cookie cutter approach in order to meet your needs and achieve your desired outcomes.
Wurkspace7 is able to provide competitive tendering by trade, supplier or subcontractor for each project element.
If you would like to understand the scope of our completed project range, please view our recently completed project page and search by your industry type.
‘Open plan’ working is a European concept that was made popular in the 1960s and has since evolved in many ways. Recent decades has seen the open play layout and workstyle addressing the spatial, task, and accommodation issues confronting modern organisations.
The most common concerns with open plan working are the effect of noise and the lack of personal space. Open plan offices however, are still relevant as they facilitate strong communication and collaborative ways of working.
The key difference in modern open plan office design versus its original predecessor is the value assigned to the cultural and behavioural expectations governing the space, and not just the architectural element. Wurkspace7 is committed to supporting organisation to discover, design and deliver an open plan environment that work for your organisation on a holistic level. Find out more by booking an obligation free consultation here.
Wurkspace7 is a design and construction firm. This model allows us to act as both the architect and the head building contractor on behalf of our clients, thus delivering projects faster, and more cost effectively.
Our proprietary process is comprised of the 7 stages below:
Once construction plans are resolved, we then tender to our subcontracting trades and suppliers using a competitive process to achieve the best price for our clients.
From inception to completion, we have hard proof that our methods will result in your project being complete 30% faster and 10% cheaper than other methods, without any compromise on quality. Through our hybrid approach, the design and build phases are facilitated concurrently, providing the opportunity for greater design awareness and quick response time throughout construction.
When you choose Wurkspace7, your architect, workplace designer, project manager, site manager, business analyst and construction team are included in that choice, with the entirety of the professional project team qualified and committed to delivering excellence.
Other benefits include:
Your peace of mind is assured by dealing with only ONE point of contact instead of multiple parties with often conflicting demands.
We understand that optimal project pricing is achieved through observing the following critical elements:
Through our design and build model, information is shared equally throughout the team to ensure accuracy and remove ambiguity for trades and subcontractors. These stakeholders can thus accurately tender for works with the savings achieved able to be passed onto our clients.
Wurkpsace7’s system is modelled on leading PMBOK and Prince2 project delivery systems and has been adapted to best facilitate the design and construction of commercial fitout projects.
We control your project cost through regular PCG meetings which comprise budget management and monitoring to ensure transparency and maintenance.
All our projects are designed in-house through our expert interior architectural design team.
Many people ask us why our name is spelt with a ‘u’ not an ‘o’. The reason for this choice is that we want to put you (or ‘u’) in the centre of everything we do.
The ‘7’ refers to the 7 key phases inherent in our proprietary design and construction process. This process has been developed based on our years of experience in designing and delivering successful commercial projects for our clients.
Your project will be resourced with a dedicated team. Your Project Manager is supported by a Designer, Project Executive and Site manager, with all party’s intent on bringing your vision to life.
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Wurkspace7 has a number of registered builders and construction managers on our team. This concentrated group of in-house professionals ensure the highest level of performance and optimal building outcomes. In addition, local trades are valued to ensure continuity of supply and warranty of works.
Furthermore, we have strong relationship with many installers who have worked with us throughout the years to establish high quality offices for our clients.
Regrettably, our project process does not allow our designs to be tendered on by others, simply because we don’t charge you for your design until you accept it.
Wurkspace7 has an approved trades and contractors panel with acceptance to this panel based on stringent qualifications. Therefore, trades will not be utilised unless they are pass the approval process dictated by Company Policy and aligned with ISO accreditation standards.