As we wrap up this series on alternative workplace strategies in today and tomorrow, it’s time to take a look at the overarching lessons we can learn from New Ways of Work’s benchmark study.

Indeed, “Alternative Workplace Strategies in the Current Economy: A 2009 Global Benchmarking Study by New Ways of Working” offers plenty of insights for companies planning to shift to
alternative workplaces, as well as companies that already have.

Without further ado, here are three of the lessons learned: question assumptions, develop metrics to measure success, and one size does not fit all. Let’s look at each alternative workplace strategy lesson as New Ways of Working lays it out.

Question assumptions: Do employees really need two workspaces? The study suggests that companies exploring alternative workplace strategies may have to duplicate workspaces at first in order to drive acceptance. But, the study says, organizations should revisit this question as working from alternative places becomes accepted as a normal way of doing business.

Develop metrics to measure success: The study suggests monitoring both the workforce and the workspace. To justify investments in alternative workplaces—and to ensure continuing executive—you need good data. The study suggests you track facility usage, work patterns, equipment, remote user connections, and other Key Performance Indicators.

One size does not fit all: Traditional work environments do not adequately support the way today’s mobile workforce operates, according to the study. The solution: Provide a wide variety of workspace types and offer more choices in how employees use current and new workspaces.

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