The Power of the Workcafe

The Workcafe is a new favorite in office workplace design. As corporate interior designers are striving to create more flexible office environments with more variety, the workcafe is a popular new option. Owners who are trying to attract new employees (especially millennials) and drive innovation and collaboration are using the workcafe as a tool to do just that.

 

A workcafe creates a dynamic space within the office environment. Technology allows for today’s workers to be more mobile than ever. Workers are often logging in on the go, working from home or choosing alternative spaces to work. The workcafe transforms underutilized real estate within an office space and creates an on-site alternative space where people can meet, work, socialize and re-energize.  It allows employees to connect with their coworkers in a new environment. The workcafe completely transforms the traditional corporate cafeteria into a destination for connection, collaboration and innovation.

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As work environments are becoming more and more about shared and communal space, employees need alternative spaces to meet with others. 91% of employees say it’s important to have a space where they can recharge and re-energize, yet 49% say they don’t have a space to do so.  The workcafe creates a dynamic environment not only for lunchtime collaboration, but also for meetings throughout the day. This type of space has more energy and culture than a traditional conference room or office.

 

The worcafe can also help to increase employee engagement and satisfaction. By creating more spaces for colleagues to connect and socialize, more meaningful relationships are formed inside the office. Employees who eat together in large groups are 35% more likely to communicate outside lunch hours. Creating these more meaningful relationships plays a large part in driving collaboration and innovation- a major priority for senior leadership at many of today’s top growing companies.

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Workcafes must be set-up for success. They must have key elements to attract employees to use the space. Design attributes, technology integration and hosting capabilities are key factors to creating a workcafe that truly benefits company culture and workplace dynamics.

Katie Boova
Katie Boova is Marketing Manager at Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers, a real-estate consulting firm that provides owner’s representation and project management services. More about Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers as well as additional blog posts can be found here.
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