Ten questions for those about to undertake next-generation workplace-design briefing

Graham Lauren
May 12, 2016 · 2 min read
  1. How have you considered using your relocation/fitout as a trigger to change the way the organisation operates, and to what degree is workplace change intended to be its outcome?
  2. What will you factor in as non-building goals for the exercise, and how will you measure its success?
  3. How do you intend to run your briefing, and what alternatives have you considered in the way you construct the brief for this project?
  4. How have you considered using your relocation/fitout to change the ways in which your organisation addresses its higher goals, such as in directing its strategy or shaping its culture?
  5. How have you considered using your relocation/fitout to introduce changes in way the organisation uses technology?
  6. How have you considered ways in which to use your briefing to make your workplace a more attractive place through which to compete in securing the best available new staff?
  7. How have you considered using your relocation/fitout as the catalyst for introducing new ways of working, such as in flexible modes of engagement, more working off-site, or in attempting to enlist new kinds of worker?
  8. How have you considered using your relocation/fitout and its briefing process to inspire increased innovation and collaboration across your business?
  9. How have you considered using your relocation/fitout to get better use out of the minds you employ, and in what ways have you considered how using those minds could be introduced into the way you brief for it?
  10. How has your briefing process factored in post-occupancy data collection as a means of constructing your organisation’s unique body of competitive “data capital”?

Workplace strategy

Workplace strategy is where building design, modern technology and new ways of working come together to deliver the future of work. Shiro Architects’ research focuses on understanding how to create a better workplace-design briefing for the future occupants of commercial space.