STYLES OF WORK

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Four styles of work are derived from the different work situations – concentration, communication, cooperation and relaxation – which, in turn, place very specific demands on the working environment.

Brainstorming

Cooperation

Many companies have specific rooms in which members of staff can unleash their creativity more easily, enabling them to innovate and work more efficiently on projects. "Brainstorming", as a style of work, includes all temporary approaches to work and requires the provision of a physical space, coupled with equipment and furniture.

 

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Informal working

Cooperation

This refers to moments where employees leave their desks but continue to work in a more informal manner, similar to the state of "Concentration". However, "separation from others" is less pronounced, as there is still an option to interact with colleagues working in the same room.

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Teamworking

Cooperation

In the past, team work only happened around desks or meeting tables, whereas now it is increasingly handled in a more flexible manner. A whole series of rooms would be suitable for this form of work. If a project team is only temporary or works as a stand-alone unit, the framework for this style of work needs to include premises, which simplify team work at the same time as offering the individual team members an opportunity to complete certain tasks alone.

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Confidential

Communication

This corresponds to the "Discretion" style of work, only with two or three people. The confidential form of work encompasses all situations in which a few members of staff require certain privacy to discuss sensitive issues. Generally these are work-related issues and not private issues. Employees therefore willingly make use of "cabins" specifically provided for this purpose.

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Presentation

Communication

The form of work includes all meetings held for the purpose of communicating information by "presentations". The study shows that many different types of rooms can be used for this as well as traditional meeting rooms.

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Training

Communication

"Training" refers to all situations in which there is a formal exchange of knowledge. Although training rooms require specific instruments and equipment, the study shows that traditional teaching from the front is still used, even in cutting-edge offices.

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Cross roads

Communication

There are areas in offices that promote spontaneous communication between members of staff. These areas are often characterised by the existence of a particular "attractor", like a coffee machine, a photocopier or similar "equipment". These spaces are often designated as 'crossroads' due to the function that they provide: employees go there for a specific reason and then spend longer there due to "unanticipated" discussions that often concern work-related matters.

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Socializing

Communication

Employees look for opportunities to meet up, reinforce the group feel and share information in an informal and unscheduled manner. Canteens and relaxation rooms are the meeting points where all this is done. In many cases food and drink is provided while a "touch of nature" in the room ensures that members of staff feel even more at ease.

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Relax

Contemplation

As our style of work and lifestyle are increasingly merging, there is a need for places where employees can relax. These areas enable employees to interrupt their work for a while, returning to it later, relaxed and refreshed. The clusters mentioned in this study are rooms, which are used for relaxation, designed exclusively for individuals (relaxation rooms for groups fall into the "Maintaining contacts" category).

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Discretion

Concentration

Occasionally employees need a moment that requires the utmost discretion. The traditional "telephone box" situation, associated with this, is unpopular, as it conveys the impression that the employee is dealing with private matters during working hours, while the closeness of the space does not permit any work that requires a high level of concentration.

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Focus

Concentration

Even companies, in which team work plays a major role, require rooms in which their employees can concentrate on specific tasks. Employees spend half of their working hours in this way. The study shows that concentration is enabled by creating the right "distance" between the employee in question and his/her colleagues.

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Informal solo

Concentration

This refers to moments where employees leave their desks but continue to work in a more informal manner, similar to the state of "Concentration". However, "separation from others" is less pronounced, as there is still an option to interact with colleagues working in the same room.

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