Things to consider for the best work environment

What is the best environment for someone to do their best work?

To answer this question, you need to consider the following:

  • the type of work they are doing. Is it focused work, collaborative work, relationship building, networking, learning or shallow busywork?
  • their role in the work and in the organisation. To what degree are others dependant upon them and in what ways?
  • the stage of the projects they are working on. Early stage ideation, middle stage execution, late stage panic?
  • their age
  • their seniority and status
  • their abilities, both physical and mental.
  • the stage of their career
  • their sex
  • their personality. e.g. introversion/extroversion
  • their life circumstances. Do they have caring responsibilities? Are they in a stable relationship? Are they going through a crisis?
  • the environments available to them – home, coffee shop, library, cowork space, office, etc.
  • the state of their mental and physical health
  • how they feel

This is not an exhaustive list, nor are all the issues of equal weight. It will continually change for each individual.

Every day could yield a different answer for each person. 

In fact, it could change every hour.

Anyone still think the answer is an open-plan office?

Or the 9-5, 5 day week?

Organisations that provide the flexibility to enable each person to craft the best answer for them, on a dynamic basis, will thrive. As will their people.

And those that enforce rigidity won’t.

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