Environment Impacts Effectiveness

Is your work space set up to maximize teamwork and productivity? What does your physical environment communicate about your organization’s values?

Check out this interesting article on Forbes.com about how office layout impacts corporate culture (HT: Steve McCord).

Steelcase CEO Jim Hackett states, “Your office environment is not just the context for what you do, it’s an important choice itself….Create an environment that:

  • Supports behaviors which lead to business productivity.
  • Enables people to relate to each other and to information the way you want them to relate.
  • Reinforces your attitude, more severe and hierarchical or more relaxed and fluid as appropriate.
  • Lives and breathes your organization’s values.”

Does your facility — in the case of ministry organizations, this includes both work space and meeting space — communicate and support your core values?


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