October 14, 2016
Gensler’s 2016 U.S. Workplace Survey finds that optimal workplace design is a key driver of organizational innovation. Gensler’s research uncovered a statistical link between the quality and functional make-up of the workplace, and the level of innovation employees ascribe to their organization.
The architecture and design firm found that a high-performing workplace – one that prioritizes both individual and group work – creates an ecosystem of innovation across organizations, and is a crucial predictor of how innovative an employee sees their company to be.
Gensler’s survey of more than 4,000 workers across 11 industries found that the most innovative companies provide their organizations with a diversity of well-designed spaces in which to collaborate and to focus, as well as empowering employees with the ability to work when and where best suits their work needs.
Most innovative employees have the option to work in a wide variety of spaces that meet their needs, and use that option to maximum effect.
Key findings on the habits of top innovators include:
- Innovators report spending only 74% of the work week at the office; less innovative employees spend 86% of time at the office
- Innovators are at least two times more likely to have access to, and use, cafeterias, coffee shops, and outdoor spaces
- Innovators report two times more access to amenities, including specialty coffee, restaurants, gyms, and childcare facilities
- Innovators overall report two times more choice in when and where to work
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