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Fixed workstations

Fixed workers generally work in the office over 60% of the time, for example, an administrative assistant or an analyst. A Fixed workstation measures approximately 4.5 m2.

This is a freehand 3D sketch to depict a workstation and its measurements that would be used for a Fixed Worker.

Freehand 3D sketch of a Flexible workstation

The following photos are examples of Fixed workstations.

Fixed workstation with increased storage space, Ottawa, ON
Open concept workstations with glass toppers and ergonomic furniture maximize airflow and natural light in Gatineau, QC

Flexible workstations

Flexible workers are in the office less than 40% of the time, for example, an account executive or an auditor. A Flexible workstation measures approximately 3.0 m2.

This is a freehand 3D sketch to depict two open-concept workstations and their measurements for Flexible Workers.

Freehand 3D sketch of a Flexible workstation

The following photos are examples of Flexible workstations.

Employee working from a Flexible workstation with ergonomic seating and glass toppers to maximize natural light, Gatineau, QC
Flexible workstation with ergonomic furniture, a mobile pedestal and glass toppers, Gatineau, QC

Free Address Workstations

Free Address workers generally work off-site, for example, a remote worker or an inspector. A Free Address workstation measures approximately 1.5 m2.

This is a freehand 3D sketch to depict a row of workstations and their measurements for Free Address Workers.

Freehand 3D sketch of a row of Free Address workstations

The following photos are examples of Free Address workstations.

Row of Free Address workstations for employees to 'touch down' when they are in the office, Ottawa, ON
Side-by-side Flexible workstations with frosted glass toppers, Ottawa, ON

Leadership workstations

A Leadership Worker is an employee who occupies a position of leadership, such as a Director, Director General or higher. They are often in and out of meetings but also need privacy while they are in the office. Those who choose an open-concept workstation would benefit from access to natural light. They would also be given priority to a small meeting room and have access to a quiet room for privacy needs. Leadership Workers may have an enclosed office but it is not mandatory and enclosed offices are now generally located in the interior of the building, sometimes with no access to natural light in the office.

The following photos illustrate different Leadership workstation options.

An open-concept workspace for a Leadership Worker with a window view and lots of storage space, Gatineau, QC
Enclosed Leadership workstation with a glass demountable wall system, Ottawa, ON
Large enclosed Leadership office with lots of storage and a small table for meetings, Ottawa, ON
Large enclosed Leadership office with wood surface, ergonomic seating and a small table for meetings, Ottawa, ON

Collaborative spaces

The way we work is changing and employees now need more space to collaborate with colleagues. Collaborative areas offer spaces for employees to meet both formally and informally away from their desks. Collaborative areas with soft seating and useful tools such as a whiteboard or interactive whiteboard encourage employees to make use of the space.

The following photos are examples of collaborative space.

Collaborative space with tablet chairs, whiteboard and bulletin board, Ottawa, ON
Modern furniture with soft seating for informal meetings placed near windows and away from offices, Gatineau, QC
Collaborative area with comfortable seating in Shediac, NB
Collaborative space with whiteboard and bulletin board, Shediac, NB

Kitchenettes

Kitchenettes can be used as a collaborative area for employees to work together away from their desks and as an alternative to an enclosed meeting room. There are many different options for kitchenette designs including bench-style tables, barstool tables, and traditional tables.

The photos below illustrate two different kitchenette styles.

Employees using the kitchenette as collaborative space, Kanata, ON
Modern kitchen with demountable wall system used as collaborative space, Ottawa, ON

New technology

Technology is continuously evolving and the incorporation of new tools like interactive whiteboards and videopresence units into the way we work can be useful in many ways, from connecting employees from different regions to working on a live document together as a team.

The following photos are examples of new technological tools many offices are choosing to invest in to increase collaboration, reduce travel costs and printing, thereby reducing government's environmental footprint.

Employees using a videopresence unit (high-definition videoconferencing), Kanata, ON
Area for collaboration with soft seating and an interactive whiteboard, Gatineau, QC
Employee working from a height-adjustable workstation with two computer monitors, Ottawa, ON
Employee making a phone call using a handset attachment for Smartphones, Ottawa, ON

Formal meeting rooms

The modernization of formal meeting rooms involves updating furniture and designs, and incorporating new technological tools such as videopresence. Using demountable wall systems are becoming more popular not only because they are more sustainable but also because they allow for a large meeting room to be divided into two or more smaller meeting rooms, helping to maximize space and reduce the use of dry wall.

The following photos are examples of formal meeting rooms.

Boardroom with an interactive whiteboard and mobile furniture that can be converted into two smaller meeting rooms, Kanata, ON
Boardroom with glass demountable wall system is a sustainable choice and allows more natural light to enter into the boardroom, Ottawa, ON
Large formal boardroom with videopresence equipment, modern design and art on display at pilot project in Ottawa, ON
Boardroom with ergonomic furniture and carpet tiles, Shediac, NB

Quiet rooms

These are spaces intended for the shared use of personnel who normally occupy open workstations. They provide an enhanced acoustical environment for a private telephone call, to support work requiring a high level of concentration, or similar functions.

The following pictures illustrate different quiet room styles, one with a demountable wall with a sliding glass door and the second with soft seating.

Quiet rooms with demountable wall system at pilot project in Ottawa, ON
Enclosed room for quiet work or for privacy, Gatineau, QC

Design features

Workplace 2.0 encourages the modernisation of the physical workplace, including modern furniture but also modern designs in the architectural elements of new buildings. Unique design features help to add personality to an office and adds beauty to a building.

The following pictures are examples of unique design features in a building including interesting designs in the building walls and doors.

Virtual tours

191 Promenade du Portage

In early 2012, the 5th floor of 191 Promenade du Portage (Place des Explorateurs) was transformed into a Workplace 2.0 demonstration site.

Transcript: 191 Promenade du Portage virtual tours

A 360 degree virtual tour of the 5th floor of 191 Promenade du Portage in Gatineau, Quebec, a Workplace 2.0 demonstration site. The video illustrates various aspects of the workplace including open-concept workstations with low panels and glass toppers, a collaborative space with an interactive whiteboard, ergonomic furniture, and access to window views and natural light.

400 Cooper Street

The Workplace 2.0 pilot project at 400 Cooper Street took place in April 2008.

Transcript: 400 Cooper Street virtual tours

A virtual tour of 400 Cooper Street in Ottawa, Ontario, a Workplace 2.0 pilot project. The video illustrates various aspects of the workplace including workstations for Fixed, Flex, Free and Leadership Workers, laptops with wireless capability, a large boardroom with videoconferencing, a collaborative area, and quiet rooms.

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