Though the former certainly may be true, research from global architecture and design firm Gensler confirms the latter.
A Gensler survey of more than 4,000 workers across 11 industries revealed a statistical link between an organization’s workplace design and how innovative its employees believe the company to be.
Companies with high Workplace Performance Index scores (Gensler’s proprietary tool for measuring workplace functionality and effectiveness) are ranked more innovative by the people who work there, proving that workplace design affects the future of an organization and its ability to adapt and stay agile.
This conclusion is not at all surprising, considering the workplace’s proven impact on satisfaction, engagement and performance. What’s noteworthy, though, is the data-backed advice on how to make your workplace (and thus your people and your organization) more innovative by observing those that get it right.
This is good news for less traditionally creative firms, namely that innovation can be built. Or at the very least, fostered in the right environment.
By comparing responses from those with the highest innovation index scores with those in the bottom quartile, we can understand what differentiates the high performers from the rest, and see which workplace values are shared by the most innovative companies.
Innovative companies prioritize these qualities and invest in the workplace because they know the work environment has the power to reinforce employees’ value within the organization. In fact, innovators report more purpose, satisfaction and better relationships at work than non-innovative peers. Though they’re not physical attributes, these positive responses are a result of great workplace design that prioritizes its people. People who have a sense of purpose in their work will be more engaged, leading to greater productivity and ultimately more space to innovate.
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