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Office Designs for 3 Popular Leadership Styles

Strong leadership is vital to any successful office, but not one style of leadership works for every company, or even every department within a company.  One of the biggest challenges managers face is finding and developing the best leadership style to motivate their employees to complete work on time and to company standards.

Just as leadership style needs to be adjusted for the unique needs of a department, office design should be adjusted to accommodate these leadership styles.  Here are just a few ways you can adjust your department’s office design to match your leadership style.

Laissez-Faire Leadership Style

 Laissez-Faire Leadership Style

The laissez-faire leadership style is one of the most laid-back styles a manager can implement.  This style delegates most of the responsibility for completing quality work to individual employees, with little supervision and interference from the manager.  It is one of the most difficult management styles to perform successfully, and requires the greatest amount of trust of any leadership style. In the right environment, however, the laissez-faire leadership style can be very effective.

Avoid Trends and Make a Smart Choice for Your Office Design

Office Design Trends to Be Avoided

Office design trends, once primarily a feature of the worlds of fashion and home design, have moved increasingly into the office space.  People look to hip, successful companies like Google and see their unusual office designs, often featuring amenities like slides, free snacks, and game rooms.  Articles are written equating the success of these companies to their unique environments, or listing the trendy amenities that will attract young millennial workers to your office.  While features like slides and in-office daycare facilities aren’t possible for many companies, other easy-to-add features like colorful walls, game rooms, and open office plans have become commonly adopted trends.

While a good office design is an essential feature to encourage employee satisfaction and productivity, what defines “good design” is more about the specific needs of your company than it is about current office design trends.  Chasing office design trends is at best an inefficient use of time and money, and at worst a colossal waste of funds with a powerfully negative effect on productivity.  Before you embrace a trend, take the time to think about how it will really work in your office.

Does Your Company Run on Collaboration or Concentration?

Collaborative Work Environment

Out of all the office design trends, none has taken off more ubiquitously than the open office design.  It’s not hard to see why.  The big, open spaces look far more modern than the cubicles we’ve come to associate with the traditional office.  Natural light from office windows is no longer impeded by tall cubicle walls, making the space seem bright and fresh.  Employees can mingle easily and share ideas.  And, let’s face it, it’s a lot cheaper to fill your office with more people when you have an open floor plan.

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