20008670_mHow to turn your workplace into a HPW?

A High Performance Workplace (HPW) is a combination of virtual and physical work spaces, which take advantage of new technologies. The goal of HPW is to create work environments that best serve the organization’s strategy. The idea behind a HPW is to synchronize office architecture (be it home office, hotel room, co-working space, or headquarters), technologies, work processes, support services, and management in a way that workers can effectively create more value together.

Augmented Leadership Institute’s five step program for HPW transformation includes multiple stakeholders in the planning process. At least, strategy, HR, architecture, facilities management, IT, work team, and upper management views are represented in the HPW plan. Collaborative design methods are used for all parties to reimagine work. The focus is on work space functionality, but also collaboration, work technology, and leadership aspects are included. The project takes between 4 to 12 months, and includes change management methodology to ensure smooth implementation.

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Creative-office-decorHow is a HPW different from the classical office environment?

Historical way of thinking about workplace design has been location oriented. Architects have created offices first and then workflows have been adjusted to the limits of the walls. The main idea behind HPW architecture is to stop seeing workplaces as locations and buildings, but to plan workplace architecture starting from the point of view of workflow efficiency, innovation, collaboration and mobile communication needs.

Offices of the future are designed by planning around human organizational behavior, engagement in physical and virtual spaces, and mobile communication. Future ‘office spaces’ define work flows and communication not only within the organizational boundaries, but also support communication and work outside of the organizational borders. In the new way of thinking, walls are just structures that keep out bad weather, noise, and perhaps some people, but they do not define the membership of the organization.

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What are the benefits of a HPW?

    • Work efficiency (better connections, communication, and work processes)
    • Motivation, inspiration, and engagement, as people feel ownership of their work place
    • Cost reduction (for example physical space costs and travel costs)
    • Innovations, as ideas are captured and creativity is nurtured
    • Flexibility and scalability
    • Collaboration, camaraderie, and work&play
    • Alignment of everyday work and strategic vision

How can Augmented Leadership Institute help you to create a HPW?

  • Getting your HPW project started: presentations, needs analysis, team workshops, and ROI for the project.
  • Managing a HPW project from start to finish
  • Our HPW five step program to keep you on track
  • HPW Trends and Future report
  • Our HPW specialist team at your service

twitterLinks to articles that we are inspired by:

Cisco’s 2013 mobile worker stats
Lessons from coworking spaces
History of cubicles
Communication focused design at Skype
Technology demands new furniture design
Handbook on HPW for New Zealand union members
Jeffrey Pfeffer on how to lead an organization to high performance
The blurred lines of home and office
Collaborative economy in offices
Mobile office management system technology example
Citizen office by Vitra furniture design
Less ‘office’ time ahead

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