Change Your Space, Change Your Culture: How Engaging Workspaces Lead to Transformation and Growth

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9781118937815: Change Your Space, Change Your Culture: How Engaging Workspaces Lead to Transformation and Growth

The fastest, easiest way to shift culture toward engagement and productivity

Change Your Space, Change Your Culture is a guide to transforming business by rethinking the workplace. Written by a team of trail-blazing leaders, this book reveals the secrets of companies that discovered the power of culture and space. This insightful guide reveals what companies lose by viewing office space as something to manage or minimize. With practical tips and implementation details, the book helps the reader see that the workspace is, in fact, a crucial driver of productivity and morale.

Change Your Space, Change Your Culture was born out of recent studies that expose truly outrageous "Oh, my God" realities:

  • More than 70 percent of the workforce either hates their job or they are just going through the motions.
  • Half of all office space is wasted.

Those shattering facts exist because office space is generally regarded as "overhead" or "sunk cost." Most buildings today clearly communicate the low priority placed on people-friendly design. Poor workforce engagement is baked into the culture. This book provides guidance on turning this around, by rethinking and reshaping space to align with the way people work. Specifically, this book moves from the high-altitude view down to the details on how to:

  1. Discover the fastest, easiest and most cost-effective way to shift culture
  2. Add square footage by using space more effectively
  3. Boost employee engagement and vitality by the creative use of space
  4. Learn how space can become a powerful productivity tool

We all know that design, space, and flow have a powerful effect on the human psyche. Our homes, museums, sports arenas, places of worship, and even airport terminals reveal that. Environment can inspire dread or enthusiasm, distraction or focus, collaboration or isolation. That's why the office must be designed to inspire the desired culture and workflow – if it's not properly designed, no program, training or rules will be effective over time. Change Your Space, Change Your Culture is the practical guide to office space, the foundation of an engaging culture.

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“ ‘We’re leaving behind a complicated world that operated like a machine, to a much more complex world that operates more like an ecosystem,’ he states, in a nutshell,the big idea behind workplaces that work in a hyperconnected world.”
—Susan S. Szenasy, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief at Metropolis Magazine

“This is a fascinating exploration of the multiple ways our work environments are hindering or helping us get things done. Rex Miller has done a remarkable job of chronicling the significant changes afoot in our culture and their impact on consciousness—a terrific treaty on the power that form has on function.”
—David Allen, author of Getting Things Done

“This book is an excellent treatise on a topic that has been long underserved. Every CEO should be personally involved in the design of the work environment, and this is the book to read if you want to understand why that’s important, what you should care about and how to proceed.”
—Dave Gray, author of The Connected Company

Change Your Space, Change Your Culture will transform the way you think about workspace. An insipid workspace is worse than a lost opportunity; it is a lodestone in a world where companies must innovate to survive. This book offers actionable insights and real world examples to demonstrate how and why your workspace is critical for forming, shaping, and retaining the sort of team and culture required for success. I found it so compelling that I’m planning to incorporate the book into my Building Innovation Teams and Cultures MBA course at Kellogg.”
—Joe Dwyer, Partner at Founder Equity and Digital Intent; teaches Innovation at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management

From the Inside Flap:

Recent studies have exposed some scary and dangerous realities about the workplace:

  • More than 70 percent of the workforce either hates their job or they are just going through the motions
  • Half of all office space is wasted

The dimensions of this crisis sparked a high drama pursuit for answers. Like big city detectives, leaders from well-known and respected American companies raced to stop the killer of collaboration and creativity. Then they discovered strategies to turn the workplace into a landscape of innovation.

This book is the outcome.

We know that employee engagement is the key to innovation; workers must care about the job at hand. But what do you do when dreariness and disconnection are baked into the workplace? How does business change the culture, leading to places of creativity, resiliency, and growth?

The leaders behind this story learned that the answer has been hiding in plain sight, that office space itself can be the portal of significant change. Months of original research and fieldwork all led to the breakthrough insight that business must redesign the spaces where old and dangerous habits live.

The authors expose deadly flaws in the way office space is commonly approached, bid, and designed. The whole process has been trapped in the sclerotic thinking of space as “sunk costs.” Which leads to the practical conclusion that design is not important, only minimizing the cost of design. That has led to workplaces as soul-killing environments of stressed, fragmented, and disengaged workers.

However, by designing space as a flexible, open, and engaging workplace, employees reconnect with the work.

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