Space Planning For a Collaborative Work Space
Collaboration is the meeting of minds and the meeting of people; it brings out the best in a project and the best in your team and there are so many tools to support your team in how they collaborate. In-office collaboration is most successful when your workplace is optimised. Be that through the provision of break-out spaces or in the furniture you use.
Regardless of how it is designed, all collaborative workspaces should deliver on the same basic principles: a zone or space equipped with or access to tools and technology where teams can go to work on the same task at the same time, whether they are in the same office or working remotely. Well designed to incorporate relaxed and informal furniture to encourage team playing, team building, and team development.
Recently we wrote of the emergence of ‘Destination Office’ – the need to get back to the workplace, a place to be excited to work from, especially when remote working has offered us so many opportunities in terms of location. Working remotely has taught us that offices have become a destination and there is no longer a ‘need’ for individual physical workspaces. This has offered our clients many positive options for moving forward.
With the reduction in the need for a physical workspace, comes the ability to reconfigure existing floorplans to facilitate a hybrid workforce and finding new and exciting ways to enhance the workplace and encourage a cohesive work community. Central to a cohesive work community is collaborative and informal workspaces that will comfortably and safely facilitate informal meet-ups, planned brainstorming, project discussions and so much more. No longer constrained by dedicated workstations and instead, your team will be fired up by the opportunity to collaborate, share and benefit from the post-pandemic revival of the workplace social connection between colleagues and friends.
Zoning is the best place to start when reconfiguring your floor plan and incorporating collaborative areas. By applying zones, you will ensure continual interaction and team development but with a focus on health and wellbeing in every respect. When working with our clients, we encourage them to think of the following key zones;
- Collaboration Areas
- Formal Meeting Spaces
- Wellness Areas
- Informal meeting/breakout spaces
- Open Plan Areas
Whether your requirement is for formal or informal spaces, we can approach your design in a manner that reflects your business and the needs of your team.
With brands like Actiu, Johanson Design and Frovi, we can combine resimercial design with functional and adaptable options including, acoustic screens, meeting pods, and mobile presentation boards.
Positive collaboration will deliver you positive outcomes in terms of client deliverables, employee engagement, and employee welfare to name but a few, making you a ‘Destination Employer’ to match your ‘Destination office’.
Collaboration needs will vary from company to company, which is why our bespoke design and planning will ensure that your adaptation is unique to your needs and as individual as your business.
Our team of interior designers and CAD experts is working with our clients to implement zones that reflect the needs of the business, space, and each and every employee.
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