Collaborative Spaces

Collaborating for Success

Collaboration is one of the hottest business issues of the day. It’s also one of the most easily misunderstood. While no one doubts the value of high-performance teams working collaboratively, there are a lot of opinions about what that actually means. For the successful organization, it requires more than trying to force fit evolving work styles into existing workplaces. It requires understanding.

Today, organizations need to consider the social implications of their generational workforce diversity, as well as access to technology and other tools, and use this to design and plan appropriate collaborative spaces to support these efforts. Trends show that a variety of spaces with various levels of technology, privacy, posture choices, natural light and access to people provide workers the ability to choose space based on their needs — and this supports a more engaged worker.

One thing is clear: collaboration isn’t a segmented activity that can be designated to specific areas. Collaboration occurs at desks, in hallways, in team spaces, online and on smartphones. It’s often spontaneous and informal. When workspaces are designed to support the realities of the collaborative environment, learning, innovation and faster decision-making are often the result.