Collaboration is one of the key focuses of business leaders today. It drives innovation and creativity, leading to new ideas and business success. Regardless of industry, teamwork plays a crucial role in our work. When workers are able to collaborate, they’re more likely to solve problems and generate innovative ideas.
According to the Steelcase Engagement and the Global Workplace report, 96% of highly engaged and satisfied workers feel their company encourages teamwork and collaboration. To facilitate teamwork, it’s essential for employers to provide collaborative spaces throughout the workplace.
Genuine meeting places spur collaboration that helps migrate ideas around an organization, and give people the fuel to do their best work. Collaboration can happen in a variety of spaces, and it’s important to provide both casual and formal settings to support teams. Here are five spaces to support creative collaboration.
Spaces that encourage collaboration provide a break from the usual workstation without leaving the building. A café or dining space offers the versatile work and social habits of a café culture without having to leave the office, fostering both collaboration and engagement. Read more about how cafes can foster collaboration and innovation.
Optimize spaces outside of meeting rooms and in hallways for impromptu meetings and on-the-spot collaboration. By equipping spaces with standing height tables and stools, like the pieces from the Montara650 Collection above, you support and encourage spontaneous collaboration. Read more about in-between spaces.
A private meeting between teammates doesn’t need a formal conference room to be productive. An enclave can provide a quiet spot for collaborative work. The change of scenery and postures may be the catalysts to ignite creativity and conversation.
A purposeful table can bring together people and ideas in the office, fostering collaboration. The Potrero415 table was designed to incorporate technology so a seat at the table can be productive as well as social.
The conference room remains a key space in the office. It provides a private meeting space for a large number of people, and it often has integrated technology to facilitate more powerful work sessions. Eloquent designs and incorporated comfort allow teams to focus on the task at hand.
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