A workplace strategy is used to improve efficiency in the workplace, more specifically in the way an office space is used. As business environments are constantly changing and evolving, it is important that the work environment progresses in the same way. Organisations should establish a workplace strategy to remain competitive in an ever-changing business environment.
A workplace strategy is defined by the Journal of Corporate Real Estate as: “The dynamic alignment of an organisation’s work patterns with the work environment to enable peak performance and reduce costs.” The objective of having a workplace strategy is to increase productivity and efficiency.
A workplace strategy is created by considering all facets of the organisation’s goals, both immediate and long-term. Fundamental departments in determining and shaping a workplace strategy are Human Resources, Facility Management, Real Estate, and members of top management. A good synergy and understanding between these departments are crucial in making the workplace strategy successful. Formulating a workplace strategy can be especially beneficial for key departments such as Facility Management and Human Resources. For example, trends such as hot-desking and remote working can work to improve efficiency in the office in favour of Facility Management. A well-developed strategy will also allow for easier talent acquisition and retention as a result of happier employees, which will support Human Resources. However, all departments must assess their goals for the organisation as a whole and coordinate a strategy to improve employee productivity in addition to office efficiency