The Modern Workplace is a technologically-integrated collaboration space where teams of people come together to work innovatively and creatively on their shared goal, whether they are sitting around the same table or in a dozen different countries around the planet. Employees look for a modern workplace that is designed to let creativity flourish. Employers want to create a modern workplace that is both nurturing and experimental, so their staff have a safe place to make the ideas flow. When these ideas meet with an office culture that values and supports creativity, you’ve created a company where everyone wants to work, and no-one wants to leave.

More than ever before in the history of the human species, creativity is seen as the most critical asset an employee brings to the company. President of Microsoft, Brad Smith, says “The modern workplace is all about creativity. It is about an environment and tools that enable one to have better ideas, to make the connection between different concepts, to sit down and work with the kind of tools that take one on a path where you leave at the end of the day having a better idea than when you arrived in the morning.”

The environment of the modern workplace does not leave creativity and innovation up to chance. It is an environment designed with intention and purpose where individual personalities can feel like their working styles and methods are complemented by the tools and the spaces available to them.

Speaking to, renowned high-performance psychologist Dr Michael Gervais, stressed that highly effective teams are “a bunch of I-s that come together and become a we.” If a manager or CEO aims to create an extraordinary group, they have to start by understanding the individuals in the team. A modern office environment has to do precisely the same. You have to create a collaborative space where your team can work together towards their shared goal, but you also have to pay careful attention to the individual needs and working styles of each of your team members. This means creating zones where your people can work alone, without distraction.

27 Feb - By Hein de Vries