Tides and trends of office-designs are shifting into new directions. Now it’s more of a “we” than “me” work! Collaboration is the new face of workspace-designs, which comprises of environment with perfect assortment of tech-rich group spaces. It promotes the idea that teamwork has no boundaries and can occur anytime at your personal desk, virtually via smart phones/internet, or even down the hallway. Here are a few points which can help you create collaborative workspace and foster team work.
Different activities – Different workspaces
The infrastructure of your office should rely on four important activities. The key is to create four different yet integrated spaces, including individual workstations, learning rooms (equipped with tools and latest technology), free flowing hallways and collaborative spaces.
Recent researches show that distributed cognition can actually tear down your team’s creativity!
Dedicate rooms for project teams. By designating a separate room for projects and team work, you actually provide them ‘a space for collaborative cognition’. Such spaces help your team sharpen their focus, leave samples, maintain meeting records on the board, return to the same space the next day and consequently speed up the entire process.
To create environment with more obliging energy, equip your staff with the right tools. Tools like glass wipe boards, white boards etc. will enable professionals to exchange knowledge, build scenarios, brain storm and in cooperate diverse perceptions. Thus, with your third step towards collaboration, you will be able to bring them to same understanding more quickly and effectively.
You can never foster your team’s creativity with white washed office walls and buzzing bulb lights. To save your employees from getting brain dead, make sure the office walls incorporate lots of windows which emit natural sunlight. Researches also show that view of natural elements like sunlight, plants produce a direct effect on general well-bring, intention to quit and on-job satisfaction of employees.
It’s time when we should bring physical and strategic ends together. Our workspace philosophy should be proliferating, but for good reasons. In short, for work-space design to foster team work, should depict fun, collaborative environment where people can actually work and move around freely.