The future of workplace collaboration

A ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach no longer works for today’s offices.

Traditional office spaces were designed around traditional working practices. Businesses are now moving away from endless rows of desks which can prove themselves to be inefficient.

Flexible agile workspaces

In a modern, agile workplace people choose their seat each day based on the work they need to do or who they need to work with.

This could mean sitting near to somebody new each day. The well-designed agile workspace provides important spaces for quiet, focused work, in addition to spaces for collaboration and more casual meeting areas designed for impromptu group sessions.

Enabling communication

Teams need to collaborate with fellow employees who may be in any number of places. Therefore it’s important that there are adequate workplaces and meeting zones at their disposal.

It’s true that the right agile workplace design may not be enough to drive collaboration on its own. Employees must facilitate the actual collaborative processes, but the company is responsible for creating a culture in which collaboration can happen.

A team environment

Every business has extroverts who thrive on working in a team environment and can’t wait to do away with formal meeting processes.

But they can also be great for quieter and junior employees as agile workspaces enable them to learn from the collective experience and wisdom of their colleagues. These newly-learned skills can then be perfected within their own departments to look at things with a new perspective and make improvements and enhancements.

Creative collaboration

Collaboration is essential to any company as it boosts productivity levels, improves company efficiency and increases employee satisfaction.

It allows team members to come together on a common platform and work towards the achievement of a common goal.

Collaboration also helps produce quality ideas, quality work culture, and quality employee satisfaction. The ability to listen to others, share your own ideas, and foster productive dialogue is a skill that every company should look for in its employees.

Improve productivity and job satisfaction

It sounds like an easy fix – build an agile workplace, and people will collaborate more. This in turn will inspire your workforce and meet all crucial deadlines efficiently. It’s important for companies to realise that they can’t rely on workspace design alone to change a business culture.

Value of collaboration

Progressive companies are increasingly realising the value of collaboration and looking for ways to foster it within their teams. Collaboration adds value to the way team members perceive their job. If people are happy in their work, they’re more likely to continue working for a business for longer.