It was Gretchen Rubin who said, ‘outer order contributes to inner calm’. Have you also heard that a cluttered space is a cluttered mind? At I-Nest Hub, we have spaces not just to accommodate you and your staff but also aesthetics that would aid your creative juices.
We know that creative spaces have physical structures and elements that are deliberately designed to support creative work processes or to facilitate creativity. Hence, the colourful room layout, interior design, ergonomic furniture and serene environment amongst other things.
A creative space can provide several qualities that you may not yet know of, here are some of them:
- It can serve as a Stimulant and a Catalyst: That is, a ‘trigger’ that activates one or more senses and hence starts the creative and exploration process. Triggers can occur through stimulation of the five sense organs via (seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, or tasting). Such stimuli create a certain atmosphere in the workspace.
A well-balanced composition of such stimuli is crucial to the constitution of a creative space. Stimuli, such as loud noises or unpleasant smells, can quickly become annoying or distracting. Others, such as visual highlights, portrait and/or the smell of specific substances might provide inspiration that facilitates creativity.
In the occasion that stimulation of an idea or a thought process is attained, such can then act as a catalyst for improving the company’s turn-over or general attitude within the workplace. As is known, every big thing starts from a point zero.
- It can act as a knowledge processor; An instance whereby pertinent knowledge relevant to the organization of group of people is broken down into smaller, more attractive readable contents. This could come in form of writeable walls, hallway of fame, boards indicative of company’s core values and mission statement etc.
Also, the work environment can act in this capacity by displaying and archiving information, data, and artefacts, facilitating exchange of information in written form, or verbally between people.
- It can represent or influence the organizational culture;Implementing innovative work spaces can show an existing organizational culture, while these environments might affect people’s behaviour, work performance, and also the organization’s culture itself.
Through creative spaces, influencing and conditioning of employee becomes easier achieved. For example, it is easier to find a more relaxed member of staff in a space more decorated and better lighted than in a choked-up, boring environment.
(4) It can facilitate social interaction; Social interaction and collaboration are definitely an aspect relevant for innovation. A workspace design should facilitate informal meetings, collaboration, and coincidental running into each other. Examples may include hallway workstations that enable team work and meetings with passers-by. Cafeterias, coffee stations, etc bring staff together and enable informal communication.