3 Ideas for Creating a Collaborative Workspace

Tips to Create Collaborative Workspace

Just because an office houses a numerous amount of people, doesn’t mean it leads to healthy interface—throwing people into a shared room isn’t enough. It’s essential to create a workspace that encourages a strong flow of ideas, which begins with a collaborative environment. This sort of setting allows for friendly interaction, an innovative mindset, and a smoother stream of inspiration. Businesses have learned that networks deliver greater than hierarchies can. While it could never replace actual execution, proper collaboration is a major cause of success. There are basic steps to be taken to accomplish such a goal.

Ditch the cubicles. Not only are cubicles depressing, they truly inhibit collaboration. Ugly walls that block out the rest of the world stimulate no one. It’s a mystery why cubicles have been around for so long as they do more harm than good. Coworker communication is hindered; while it may seem that a private space could help with concentration, it does the opposite. Workers are often interrupted when they are most busy, derailing their train of thought. An open space allows for an individual’s cues to be picked up easily—stay away if they look busy or approach if they look open. Cubicles also construct the illusion of privacy; in reality, they simply build isolation. Teamwork is vital in the workspace.

Craft brainstorming spaces throughout the office that evoke motivation. These areas offer an incubating atmospherewhere workers can easily bouncethoughts off of each other; any one word can spark the next best strategy. Stepping out of the usual space that workers are surrounded by opens up an entirely new course of ideation, and simultaneously promotes collaboration.This space offers the possibility for the development of ideas that workers wouldn’t have arrived at while thinking on their own.

Design a vibrant environment to work in. Better work is achieved when it’s completed in a comfortable and likable ambience. There is a correlation between workspace and productivity—the cooler the space the higher the productivity! If workers are going to spend the majority of their time confined by walls, the walls should at least look good. Rather than wanting to pull their hair out of boredom, employees should love their surroundings in order to generate great output. Bad energy is contagious, and it can be detrimental to any organization. A workspace should foster hard work and creativity, and that starts with the way it’s fashioned in the first place.

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