Company Culture: 3 Ways to Build an Open Office Culture

Posted by Path Interactive on : December  17,  2015

The axiom says, “If you build it, they will come.” But what if you take it down instead? Open offices have grown in popularity for many years, and their adoption continues to rise. While many entrepreneurs and executives hope an open office will lead to more effective team building, a healthy open office culture must begin with decisions at the highest levels of the organization.

Workplace culture does not change with the simple removal of walls. Consider these three ways to foster a vibrant, collaborative workplace through an open office layout. By adopting these habits, you can create an interactive environment everyone can invest in.

1. Keep gatekeepers and other obstacles to communication at a minimum

Company culture flows downward from the highest executive offices. The actions of company leaders serve as an example to those who aspire to similar positions of success. When gatekeepers stand between employees and managers, it sends a message incongruous with the open office culture.

Gatekeepers can present impediments to nimble corporate decisions. They may stand in the way of face-to-face collaboration, which can slow down the process by which the most dynamic creative processes occur. While gatekeepers serve an important purpose, an open office culture benefits from maintaining a minimum number of barriers between leaders and employees.

2. Make everyone responsible for his or her own agenda.

In the past, maintaining a busy executive schedule required heroic feats of organization. Administrative assistants performed arcane works of calendar coordination to keep managers punctual and on task. This often left leaders divorced from the details of their workflow. It also left those with an imperfect insight into strategic company needs in charge of dictating the corporate flow of events.

Modern technology has had a profound effect on keeping an agenda. Scheduling meetings, or organizing a calendar, happens with near-automatic efficiency thanks to integrated software suites. Reclaiming your agenda will help encourage the collaborative, highly communicative style of accomplishing tasks that an open office layout is famous for.

3. Adopt a policy of transparency regarding company health and achievements.

Workplace culture often skews knowledge towards the corporate end of the spectrum. Employees outside the C-suite may not have an effective understanding of the company’s health, the challenges it faces, or what milestones it hopes to accomplish. This can leave them feeling divorced from the company as a whole, no matter how collaborative the company culture among those in the office.

Sharing important information with employees invites them into the greater collective of the company. It encourages them to involve themselves personally with the company’s well-being. Personal investment in a business can only lead to greater loyalty, as well as improved performance.

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