When we think of traditional methods of collaboration, we picture scheduled meetings taking place in conference rooms or formal meeting spaces. However, companies are recognizing the changes in collaboration and are redesigning the workplace to provide more fluid communication between employees.
When creating collaborative spaces, there are certain factors that should be considered:
Modern Ergonomic Furniture
Adding in lounge chairs and modern benches in the workspace can help to provide comfort and offers more opportunity for open dialogue. Height adjustable tables can also promote a change of postures and allow for stand-up meetings. By bringing ergonomic furniture to the workspace, it offers flexibility for different work conditions.
Steve Job’s recreation of the Pixar officewas a great example of bringing back creativity and collaboration. Originally, different departments were separated into different practices, where animators would be in one building, computer scientists in another and a third building for everyone else which reduced the chance of knowledge sharing. Ultimately, Jobs created a single office with all employees under one roof to promote unplanned collaboration and casual meetings.
Reducing the use of walls can generate more room and empower users to change the space to meet various functions. Including social spaces and breakout areas can encourage spontaneous collaboration, a place to energize and to build connections.
The demand for collaborative spaces has been diverted to support not only business processes but also innovation and an increase in diversity of thought. They help to form a connection between people, technology and a sense of community.
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