What can the appearance of the management office say about your company?

The way in which the workplace for management representatives is designed, equipped and even located in the office space reflects the entire nature of the company. Is the management traditional and hierarchical, a flat structure or maybe even a turquoise organisation? At Quadrature Group, our designers consider this a priority.

Even before we start designing, we get acquainted with the work culture of the organization as this determines the entire office layout for example, whether the management will have its own offices or prefers to be closer to the employees. So what are the most common solutions?

Traditional organisations

Entities managed in a traditional model where a hierarchy is strongly defined, the management prefers closed offices. In such cases we often place these offices in the part of the office space where the subordinated team is located. Popular solutions include the manager working from a glass office allowing visual contact with the team. When privacy or confidentiality is demanded, this can be achieved using various blinds or shutters which effectively separates the office from the rest of the office space. The interior helps to build on the status of its occupant with furniture, equipment and every detail tastefully selected and refined to reflect that person’s character and the work he does.

Another popular solution for organizations with a traditional working culture is one common office to accommodate all senior management in one space. This zone is usually located a sufficient distance from the entrance to the office and often augmented by a small conference room for their exclusive use. The interior of such a common office is equally elegant and intended to reflecting the status of the company’s management.

Management without offices

Companies in which the hierarchy is less clearly defined, management often decides on their open space such as a separate yet open zone allowing access to employees and encouraging interaction. This zone usually is distinguished by a design different from that used in typical employee spaces. We select high quality furniture, different colours and design accessories to make this part of the office a kind of separate island within the work space. In this case, it is also important to emphasise status.

Turquoise organisations

More and more often we encounter a new management form – turquoise. In this model employees take responsibility for the company’s activities. Management acts as autonomous leaders who serve more as advisors and mentors rather than decision-makers. What does this change in the workspace? Offices, or even zones designated for management, disappear. Mentors work closely together with their teams in the same spaces with no barriers to divide them. The entire workspace is uniform with the design careful not to emphasize any personal status. In this case, we use the best human-centred design solutions in which the design of the office and its equipment is subordinated to individual employee needs.

Regardless of the philosophy and management organizational model, the most important thing before starting a fit out is to talk to determine the expectations of those who run the company and to establish an awareness of where their place in the organization is. All this is then reflected in the project.

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