Collaborative Workspace Design and Space Planning

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May 28, 2019
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Collaborative Workspace Design and Space Planning

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“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

African Proverb
       

Growing up, we were always told to do things together. Whether it be collaborating on a school project or playing on a team, it’s amazing what can be accomplished as one unit. Now I know it’s easier said than done, as we frequently bump heads voicing our own opinions. However, being able to successfully achieve one common goal is a beautiful sight.

   

Now think about it.

  • The Avengers would not be the great crime fighting superhero squad without the teamwork and bond that they share.
  • Tom Brady needed someone at the other end of the ball to score and a defense to stop the opposing team – or he wouldn’t have been able to win all six championship rings.
  • Imagine bands like U2, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles being a one man show. The iconic music that we love today, may have not come into existence!
         

Let’s Focus on Workplace Collaboration

 

The mantra of the modern workplace has been to encourage and foster collaboration. A team that functions well together will get the job done in a quick and effective manner. Collaborative workplaces will also attract and retain talent from upcoming generations. Now is the time for employers to take notice and be on the lookout for the company’s future. New employees learn best from their co-workers and higher-ups, meaning more communication will naturally create mentor to mentee relationships – a workspace that is inviting and appealing to all. (Imagine that – employees actually wanting to come to work.)

         

By The Numbers…

 
  • 99.1% prefer a workplace where people identify and discuss issues. (ProofHub)
  • Only 5.9% of companies communicate goals daily. (ClearCompany)
  • 97% of employees and executives believe lack of alignment within a team impacts the outcome of a task or project. (Visix)
         

What Does Workspace Collaboration Look Like?

 

The Balance Between “Me” and “We”

Don’t break down all the cubicle walls just yet, there is also need for individual work leading to collaboration.

   

Hoteling Stations

People travel all around; for those who need a spot for the day, these will open up the floor for conversation and work.

Technology Everywhere

Being social has been curated by technology; furnishings that help the workforce be interconnected will increase productivity.

Spacious and Big

Tables that stretch across to accommodate everybody, and open areas that everyone can come to socialize in, will benefit working together.

Feels Like Home

We’ve discussed the trend of Resimercial design before, but there’s no surprise that creating a space like home will definitely have employees comfortable and relaxed.

Want to learn more about creating collaborative spaces? Contact us, we won’t bite!

Ethan Jeon
Ethan Jeon
Ethan is an avid follower of sports and music, appreciates the small things in life, and believes pizza is always the answer. Having studied Creative Advertising, his passion for marketing and design stay true to him everyday. Pass him a shovel, because he can dig it.