How Does Office Space Play a Role in Organizational Culture?

Culture is essentially defined as a set of shared behaviors, beliefs, and values.  It can be expressed via cultural artifacts such as a language, pieces of art, and objects of everyday life. Organizational culture represents a set of attitudes, values, and behaviors of a particular organization.

Types of Organizational Culture and Their Relation to the Workspace

It is important to note how an organization’s culture reflects on the design of the workspace. Let’s dive deeper:

Collaborate Culture

As the collaborative culture sets a high value on the relationship between coworkers, it is important to have a workspace that is in alignment with that vision. An open-plan office structure that comes with a lot of meeting opportunities, lounge areas, meeting spots, shared desks, and coffee nooks would greatly favor such organizations.

With all the benefits, it is important to note that every individual needs some alone time for contemplation and focused thinking. Too many open spaces will definitely result in raised noise levels and increased distraction.

Organize Culture

We know that a very important part of exploring culture is experimentation and playfulness. Individuals working in explore culture are always on the lookout for new ideas. This calls for a workspace with a lot of inspirational material, tools, and insights, that are visible. Think spaces with whiteboards, standing tables, games, tinker areas, and toys! Generally, such office spaces are quite colorful, modern, and fancy furniture.

While all of these elements inspire creativity, the slightly chaotic atmosphere can lead to mess and noise generation which can lead to distraction and a lack of quality/depth of developed solutions.

Organize Culture

Such organizations are more traditional and hierarchical than others. They highly value excellence and quality. These attributes are often reflected in the workspace as well. Workspaces are generally well-maintained. There is always a facilitator who ensures everything is in order, coffee is filled, plants are watered, and everything is at the right place when you need it. The furniture in such spaces is typical of very high quality.

This post was written by Tara Kintz. Tara is a director at Signature Workspace, owned and operated by Cantor Fund Management, offers services and amenities such as private offices, flex space, co-working space, virtual offices, meeting/conference rooms, and more.

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