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Most of us have been there, in the face of declining return on assets, we turn to short-term initiatives that have an immediate impact on the bottom lines but leave everyone wondering now what?

According to a new report from Deloitte‘s, the way the workplace is constructed (physically, virtually, and magisterially) is the next step (or perhaps even the first step) .  At just  71 pages, the report is not overly wordy, has good case studies and is well worth downloading for those involved in re-engineering the workplace or creating shared working space.

Their report argues that whilst tactics (such as cost-cutting) may offer temporary relief, they don’t constitute a long-term strategy. Changes to the structures however have a critical impact on employee productivity, passion, and innovation. 

Not the largest of studies, the research was based on a modest group of >75 companies varying in size, maturity, and industry and indicates that redesigning the work environment will be key to achieving sustainable business performance improvement in the future.  Such change should be undertaken with three goals in mind that will foster talent development and achieve performance:

Goal 1—Define high-impact challenges: Help workers and teams to focus on areas of highest business impact, learning, and sustainable improvement

Goal 2—Strengthen high-impact connections: Enable workers to connect with people who matter, both inside and outside the organization

Goal 3—Amplify impact: Augment worker impact with the right infrastructure

Entitled “Work environment redesign” the report can be download free from this link