The Performative Workplace

In today’s economic climate, every company wants to use resources more efficiently. But an ever-changing market requires that businesses strengthen their competitive advantages at the same time. Peter Drucker once observed that “knowledge worker productivity requires that the knowledge worker is both seen and treated as an ‘asset’ rather than a ‘cost.’” The challenge for many businesses today is to adopt new work processes and new models of organizational culture without making major investments in real estate.

In response to these seemingly contradictory imperatives, the design of office environments is undergoing a major paradigm shift. By adopting more strategic office designs, forward-thinking companies are transforming their physical environments into active instruments for achieving their goals. A better layout and infrastructure, for example, can enable employees to do more with less space by directly supporting their work patterns. Modular systems afford the tactical flexibility to adapt seamlessly to radical organizational change. Healthy office environments lead to fewer sick days, reduced healthcare costs, and better performance.