Is One Size Fits All the answer? Perhaps not.

Updated: Jul 27


Identity is an intangible aspect of any individual, expressed in a more palpable form and is what sets them apart from one another. This is no different for the identity of a company. Organizations have a uniqueness to themselves concerning their ideas and approach to work, which gives rise to work culture. Broadly speaking, there are four types of cultures


Clan


This type of culture resembles a family-supporting atmosphere, where everyone plays their individual role as a team. Their culture is driven by teamwork and collaboration.



Market


Market culture is a competitively driven environment where they not only compete with their competitors but also compete among themselves. Their goals are to work fast, get down to business, and capture as much of the market share as possible.



Hierarchy


Process and procedures are everything in this cultural environment. There is a lot of order maintained in the workspace and would not be transparent in all their operations. This kind of culture is usually seen in government sector companies.



Adhocracy

 

Ad Hoc based culture is all about experimentation and innovation. There is no set based on identity, hence they are typically the risk-takers of the lot. Their leaders are usually characterized as inspiring innovators that love a great challenge. This culture is found in startup companies where innovation is brewing constantly.




These signify that with every type of culture comes its form of functionality and approach. Hence, expressing their identity and culture cannot be justified by a one size fits all method of design. 


"I want a google office" Misconception


Imagine working in a place where everything and everyone is always available at any time of the day, and there are just far too many ways to take a relaxing break from work. This seems so picturesque and ideal but could just as easily become the very thing that sabotages a company, and here's why.


The Open plan is not everyone's cup of tea



For a company that identifies with a clan culture, an open space plan with an exciting collaborative hub, and spaces to take a breather, is a great way to prove their company that they are a family and supportive of everyone's participation. However, if a company is likely to take an approach of zooming through their targets and goals, and compete with their employees, an exciting "all you can see" workspace would highly be anything but exciting. Instead, it would hamper the employees' operations and leave them frustrated at work. They would much rather prefer spaces with planned collaboration and more private spaces for working.


All Breaks are Not the Best Breaks 



Break rooms provide employees to boost their productivity. However, company culture creates an impact on the type of break room that would suit a company. A smoking lounge provides a market cultured company with a quick break, the least amount of spontaneous interactions, and gets the job done. But a clan cultured company would prefer a break that involves a group recreational activity, like a quick indoor game, which would recharge everyone on the team and could also lead to unplanned collaboration.


The secret ingredient is You


A company's culture can create a strong sense of support and well-being for their employees. It can inculcate the values of the company and practices that achieve those values. Further, it is a reflection of what the company stands for and gives a company it's own voice and identity.


The power of architecture and design allows these intangible facets to become tangible by creating workspaces that allow their culture to flourish seamlessly. The understanding of what kind of workspace will complement their culture and not the other way around is essential to creating the right workspace for the company. Here's how Workamp helps reflect you the right way https://www.workamp.co/post/changing-the-landscape-of-workspace-design-with-blox




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