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3 December 2021 | by Becky Turner
Traditionally, office interior design has centred around organisational brand, corporate identity and a very homogenous user-demographic. Now, as businesses make sense of post-Covid behaviours and the desire for hybrid-working, there are 5 key personality traits that must be reflected in modern workplace design.
While the pandemic certainly created a sense of community and shared experience – it also sought to highlight the very different needs of employees and their expectations of work. Consequently the design of the workplace must respond – cue ‘human-centric’ office design; workplace design borne out of the diverse and complex needs of your people. It’s an approach which, coupled with a strong diversity and inclusion strategy, stands to improve organisational culture and performance dramatically.
Catering for the needs of each employee individually is not realistic nor necessary. Instead, an effective method uses team personality profiles to identify the types of work settings needed so people can work effectively and successfully.
There are five principle personality types which must be understood and catered for within office interior design and office refurbishment projects. In doing so, it will help to create motivated, happy and support workforces and importantly, identify how ready they are for change, whether that’s in relation to redesign of the workspace itself or wider organisational change down the line.
Here, we consider the most appropriate types of workspaces for each of the Big Five personality traits:
Establishing psychological personalities not only allows organisations to better understand how their people think and approach their work – but also identifies the amenities and spaces they need to thrive individually and collectively. In turn this helps to inform the very layout of an office’s interior design.
Organisations on the cusp of workplace transformation can only make informed and popular choices around the return to work if they know their people and how the pandemic has changed their needs. This is how employers will bring renewed purpose to their workplaces and make them relevant, vibrant and effective in equal measure.
If you’re about to transform your workplace or embark on widespread organisational change and you’d like to know how each of these personalities will adapt – download our 2021 Legacy Workplaces report.
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