What Does It Mean to Have A Collaborative Workspace
The past 50 years has seen a massive shift in the way we work; from using various working methodology to incorporating technology, however ultimately all these tools are designed to do one job – help us work more effectively and improve our productivity.
The concept of collaborative working has also seen mass adoption as modern technology has provided unrivalled opportunities for businesses to improve efficiencies, store data and create a fluid working process. Long gone are the days where employees sat in their cubicles and operated like the very machines they work on. Instead a new agile way of working is being adapted, building emphasis on creating relationships and working as a team to achieve a unified goal of the organisation. So how can business leaders create an environment which encourages colleagues to work together and build these relationships? The answer – Collaborative Workspaces.
What is a Collaborative Workspace?
A collaborative workspace is an environment which has been carefully designed to encourage teamwork between co-workers. This means there are areas of the workplace which have features that shout flexibility, comfort, and integration. Whether that be large round table with a thought shower wall or areas for sitting or standing meetings, collaborative workspaces should be a part of every office, however there should always be an option to work alone too, as some tasks require collaboration whilst others require employees to get their heads down and concentrate.
Collaborative Workplaces can have several advantages:
- Socialising – a big problem with modern workplaces is that people usually communicate vis IM, Email or social media far more than face to face interactions. Collaborative workspaces get people together and work more closely.
- Enhance Creativity – Collaborative workspaces act as a forum to spread ideas and discuss them openly. Whether that’s using a whiteboard or a projector board these ideas are visualised and built upon.
- Better Wellbeing – Employees working as part of a team are also able to celebrate the successes with their team boosting moral, using these features of the office also gets employees moving around improving the overall wellbeing.
63.8% of businesses with a wellbeing strategy introduce new workstation designs to encourage healthy behaviour. By encouraging everyone to interact, businesses will see improvements throughout. We will be releasing our brand-new whitepaper on this topic soon, watch this space to learn more about collaborative working and how it affects businesses, as well as examples of companies who have adopted this method.