The essence of work in the modern workspace has shifted and so has the workplace itself. To stay on top of the ever changing developments in technology, the continual need for increased collaboration, productivity and a decreased carbon footprint, many companies are creating work environments that are helpful in all of the above. Office reconstruction has become a vital part of developing a workforce. Along with comfort, the collaborative workplace should strengthen several other factors.
Having a Collaboration-Friendly Workplace is a Must
Creating a modern workplace that encourages collaboration between team members – a workplace that still offers a sense of personal space while encouraging people to collaborate. At Scalus we have created a SaaS solution that allows all of our team members to collaborate even if their workplace is remote or in another office.
Meetings are an important part of the collaborative workplace. Most of the time, they are held in a closed space like a conference room or individual offices. Allowing a meeting to be what it was meant to be: encouraging a group of people to come together and discuss, innovate, and ideate. Creating an environment that facilitates open settings for meetings to be held, an environment that is creative and relaxed enough to encourage free flowing of ideas. Many times decisions are left to the management team, including the team members that are at the forefront of the company that hear the customers wants and needs is a vital part of becoming a client-centric organization. Creating a collaborative workplace environment that has partial partitions and barriers, a work environment where team members are able to see one another achieves the collaboration goal but also makes the space modern for younger generations.
Informal Elements in the Workplace
When your team operates in an open, somewhat informal environment, it gets rid of conventional boundaries and encourages innovation and free thought. It gives everyone access to the staff placed on every level of the hierarchy, breaking barriers and creating a positive environment. Not only does this type of work environment increase direct communication and interaction across functions but it also leads to more learning via observation; when you have sales teams, IT staff and management teams this is a great way for cross-training to occur. Allowing for any team member to help a client or customer in a fuller capacity.
Minimizing is Key
Create a workplace with interiors that are light in design. This gives the office an airy ambiance. Less artificial lighting and more natural lighting gives your collaborative workspace a natural feel. Ensuring that the environment is sufficiently ventilated. Not only will this create a calm workplace it will also decrease energy costs.
It is very important to choose the right colors when designing your modern workspace. Select colors that fit the mood and culture. For example, many of you have seen Google’s workspaces on commercials and you can see their walls, chairs, desks etc all match their logo. Creating recreational zones will add an air of vibrancy to the work environment as well.
Closed and Open Spaces
In any organization, there is a need for closed space interactions. Be it a debate, an important business call, or an interview. These interactions need a closed space that offers visual and acoustic privacy so keeping that into perspective is also important.
Encouraging transparency helps your workforce be more cohesive by combining the right atmosphere and the right Saas technology will give your company total transparency and collaboration with a vibrant workplace and a positive team. Adapting will not only make your collaborative workplace more dynamic, but it will also make it productive and economical.
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