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Workplace Design: a Laboratory for Inventiveness

Summary: The design of a workplace is an often-overlooked element having impact on a company's culture, creativity, and performance. By transforming its own workplace, the design firm of Ross & Baruzzini became a laboratory of innovative workplace design strategies. They created a leading-edge quality that incorporates innovation and aesthetics through spatial arrangement and architectural materials. A non-traditional color palette reinforces creativity. Open workspaces stimulate collaborative teaming and communication. Leadership offices have large openings but no doors, reflective of the company culture. The resulting workplace communicates the organization's values, helps to maximize employee satisfaction and teamwork, and promotes retention and recruitment.

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  • Topics: Quality Management
  • Keywords: Organizational culture,New workplace,Architecture,Creativity,Design
  • Author: Richter, Cathy
  • Journal: Journal for Quality and Participation