Pros and Cons of Collaborative Workspaces
A collaborative workspace is an environment which has been specially designed to encourage collaboration between co-workers. An office designed with collaboration in mind can enable teams to come to together to achieve tasks more effectively, efficiently and creatively. However, like anything, there are pros and cons – understanding these will go a long way to ensuring you design a space that really works for you and your business:
Creating a workspace which actively encourages co-workers to come together and collaborate may be a daunting task, but there are specific elements to a collaborative workspace which make the entire process much more likely to be a success.
Allow movement – Sometimes creative minds think better on the move so don’t cram furniture into every spare inch.
Make it comfortable - offer a variety of furniture, from low, comfy sofas to high, sturdy bar stools to accommodate long meetings, lengthy creative sessions and extended conversations.
Facilitate creativity – provide the tools and technology to encourage the ideation process. Whiteboards, smart screens and traditional flip boards can all help employees to visualise their ideas.
Sound control – Quiet zones, pods and noise dampening technology can help minimise the disturbance to other individuals and teams.
Make it flexible – there’s no ‘one size fits all’ so opt for furniture that can be moved and repositioned to ensure the space is flexible enough to meet the needs of different teams.
At Axis House, your new office design starts with you. The most important part of the design process is to ensure a thorough understanding of your business - your core values, principles and aspirations - so that we can create a workspace of the highest quality to match.
To explore how a more collaborative workspace could work for you, get in touch with the team at Axis House today.