Authenticity might just be the next big trend for South Africa’s future workplace, according to Giant Leap workspace specialists Director, Linda Trim. Work as we know it has changed; from welcoming new workforce generations, to implementing new-age technology, to balancing our career with personal lives, to office designs that provide staff with different areas in order for them to effectively fulfil their work. The rise of the ‘conscious consumer’ has noted that individuals are constantly looking for that authentic experience; from where they live, where they shop and what labels they buy, to what they eat, and importantly, where they work. Employees no longer just visit the office to complete tasks, they now expect work to feel like a part of their lifestyle, interests and life goals – ultimately creating the essence of an authentic workplace. Trim says that companies spend huge amounts each year to get their employees to work better together, yet they don’t address the heart of the matter – and that is creating an environment that fosters authenticity. “If you want a workplace where people collaborate, are energised, creative and innovative, provide excellent customer services and bring out their best, then we should start by being authentic.” Here are five pillars of an authentic workplace: 1. Combine workplace design with your individual company culture. 2. Be environmentally friendly. 3. Recycle, recycle, recycle! 4. Link office design to your staff needs and requirements by providing a combination of different areas. 5. Always use and include individual company brand identity. Giant Leap have a research and intelligence arm called Know More where they identify problematic areas in order for companies to proactively address concerns and issues, while increasing overall productivity by ultimately giving employees what they need to get the job done.” Another area of success for authenticity is the use of co-working spaces that create a sense of community for staff, fosters more sharing of ideas, and helps to break-down communication and hierarchy barriers. By providing ‘variety’ in the workplace it supports employees’ lifestyles and work styles, allowing them to have a choice in how and where they complete their work. How will you and your company be authentic while moving forward?For further information visit www.giantleap.co.za
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