for the Knowledge-Intensive Workplace:
Opportunities in an MG Taylor Environment
James B. Smethurst
September 21, 1997
By choosing an MG Taylor environment, you are challenging
yourself and your organization to achieve an entirely different approach
to work. An MG Taylor environment is more than an incremental change from
a traditional work environment. It represents a philosophical shift--in
architecture, in business, in "flexibility", and in humanism.
Collaboration and the Group Genius Process
MG Taylor designs its furniture and its environments to facilitate collaborative
design and group genius. The visual space represented by the WorkWall™
systems permits individuals, teams, and entire organizations to set goals,
to create visions, and to plot and track courses for getting there--or
more precisely, getting here from there. Visions reside, not in the minds
of a few individuals, but in the open, on the walls, for all to see and
recreate for themselves. The entire crew understands the goals, the logic
behind each of the steps, and the reasons for taking on this venture in
the first place.
An MG Taylor environment also authorizes the crew of this venture to adjust
the space to their personal needs depending on the work that needs doing
at any given time. Only those doing the work can really know what sort
of environment will best facilitate their work at any particular moment
during the day. When the crew needs to work alone, they can configure
the space for individual work in moments. When they need to work as a
large group, they reconfigure the space for large-group work in minutes.
Small teams? In minutes, the crew can arrange the space to suit their
exact needs. Moreover, the crew does not need to gather their work and
move it to a more suitable location down the hall or upstairs--the space
can mold around their work.
Work Process and Environment
MG Taylor's work furniture, from individual workstations to the walls
themselves, roll into almost any configuration, and each MG Taylor environment,
whether a NavigationCenter environment or a Management Center, is
designed to suit the kinds of work that will take place in that environment.
A NavCenter environment that is designed for an engineering project, for
example, would look quite different from a NavCenter space used for a real estate development
project. The purpose for this custom design is to allow the work environment
to facilitate the specific projects and processes that will take place
in that environment.
Flexibility and Efficiency
Once the general parameters of an environment are set, the furniture allows
the users themselves (not a team of "experts" from the manufacturer)
to reconfigure the space in minutes (not over a weekend or longer). As
the size of a project team fluctuates, workstations can be rolled in or
out (again, within minutes) without complicated and expensive renovation
of fixed structures. As workers from other offices or other companies
come to work in the space temporarily, the furniture can be configured
both to provide a temporary workstation for the guest and to allow the
normal work processes to continue. Most importantly, this kind of mobility
provides for much more efficient use of space. Since individual, small
team and large group work can all occur in the same space, there are rarely
offices or conference rooms sitting unused and empty. Therefore more work
can get done in less space. This is efficiency. This is flexibility.
A Creation Environment
This approach to work environments represents a synthesis of architecture,
business and humanism. A work environment is not a factory, and workers
are not automatons. A sterile, uniform and sleek environment does not
promote productivity. Efficiency, structure and uniformity are the traits
of machines. Humanity, on the other hand, excels at creation. MG Taylor
creates environments that facilitate this creative spirit. A pleasant
atmosphere, varied with soft colors, interesting textures, pleasing woods
and abundant plants, is an environment that encourages people to enter
and to stay. A work environment that allows people to relax and feel comfortable
is one in which creativity can emerge. In the last 20 years, MG Taylor
has discovered that a flexible and pleasing environment is precisely the
kind of atmosphere that allows people to enjoy their work. We have found
that if people enjoy the work in which they are engaged, they generally
dedicate more focus and energy to it. In short, MG Taylor creates innovative
environments that are both highly stimulating and productive workplaces
and pleasing, comfortable spaces in which to live and work.
Environments for the Knowledge-Intensive Workplace
In today's business environment, organizations are having to do more with
fewer people in less and less time. MG Taylor offers a means of altering
the structure of business to allow organizations to stay requisite with
the rate of change without sacrificing the well-being of their members.
MG Taylor environments are a fundamental step in achieving this state
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