What is a third space?
The first space is home, the second space is work and the third space has made its way into the modern office. The third space is essentially where people can carry out their jobs, meetings and interact outside of the other two spaces with aim to add interest to employees daily routines. The idea of employees having an opportunity to move during the day is beneficial for their productivity, as they will come with the expectation that this space will provide them with what they need for effective performance.
A third space could be anything from a virtual meeting room to a cosy couch area with a home-like feel to a mini cafe in the office where employees can discuss projects over a cup of coffee. It is providing the perfect balance between inspiration, comfort and productivity.
What are the benefits of providing employees with a third space?
- Opportunity for employees to recharge and reenergise
- Boosts creativity and productivity
- Avoids distractions at desks in the office
- Promotes collaboration
- Improves job satisfaction
- Increases staff wellbeing
- Saves money on employees travelling
What does a third space include?
The third space is a place where employees will have a little more privacy away from their desks, therefore how can employers create the same vibrant buzz employees get at their desks? The appearance of the third space plays a key role in creating this. To ensure this space gives employees a welcoming feel, here are some of the things you need to know:
- Good lighting will create a good workplace ambience
- Artwork will create an inspiring environment
- Design and architectural elements will make the third space look futuristic and an attractive workplace for employees to work in
A third space for millennials
Employees generally feel most productive when working at their desks but are not as inspired as they could be. However, millennials are looking to move away from the traditional desk. Integrating technology into the third space is a great way to attract and retain millennials and creating a smart space might just be the solution for boosting the productivity levels of millennials. Hot desks and laptops will get more employees working in the same space without increasing the rent, so not only are you boosting productivity and collaboration but you will also be saving costs too.
How can employers integrate technology into the third space?
- Provide tools for information/content sharing
- Electronic scheduling system
- Make video meetings a seamless experience
- Presentation support
- Access to power and Wi-Fi (even outside)
- Provide mini tablets in cafes
These are just a few of the ways employers can integrate technology into the third space, but the possibilities are endless. Making technology readily available will have a positive correlation with performance levels. The third space will be something everyone can enjoy.
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