Until now, collaboration in offices happened in meeting rooms – specific areas of an office that were designed to bring people together. But traditional conference rooms are now becoming a thing of the past, with flexible, modular workstations taking over. Does your office workstation encourage brainstorming?
How your office workstation affects your projects
Rarely do projects just involve one person. There’s always a collective of brains and ideas needed to execute tasks, successfully and on time. Every office should include collaboration tables, otherwise known as multi-person workstations.
You don’t have to worry about fitting people around a small table that’s meant for two people. Think about the layout of your space and add collaboration ‘hubs’ into the design. The number of workstations will depend on the size of your team and the available floor space. Consider accessibility, noise and what materials you’ll also need for the furniture.
Don’t be afraid to get creative. With offices, many business owners play it safe. By that, we mean old design principles still dominate. There are really only four things that should guide you in your furniture and layout decisions:
- The look you’re going for
- The functionality
- The flexibility you have
- The needs of your employees
If you decide to follow single person desks, this doesn’t mean you can’t add collaborative areas, too. Open plan desking encourages communication and is the perfect way for your team to work on projects together. It saves time having to always get up and ask questions or wait on email replies. Standing desks also work well in this
There’s a certain energy collaborative workstations bring to an office space. You can design it to suit as many or as few employees as you need. Think about the vibe a conference room can give off. It’s stiff, serious, and doesn’t scream creative thinking. Collaborative workspaces, on the other hand, are laid back and flexible which conveys an idea of openness.
As laptops replace desktop computers and offices before more technology-focused, workers have changed, too. Your office culture needs to reflect this shift, so the design is much more fluid and flexible. You might have an employee working from home or on the other side of the world. Making room for collaboration is critical to the productivity of your team. A collaborative workspace is an asset for your business. Encourage your
team to truly work together – invest in a whole new physical way of working.
Need help switching to collaborative working?
At Direct Office, we speak a lot about choosing the correct size and shape for your furniture. It’s directly linked to the productivity and efficiency of your team. We have a large range of leg systems that can be combined with your specific style of workstations.