Everyone today is talking about collaboration, bringing employees together to share and discuss their ideas. It improves communications, cuts down on paperwork, and helps spark new ideas. Collaboration is likely to happen anywhere, or not at all, depending on the layout of your work place. It is more likely to happen if you encourage it with proper office design and layout. Since collaboration is still a new concept for many, the nations’s top office furniture companies are just starting to offer specific products that they have designed and tested to increase the collaboration process in your office space.
The Hon Company, sold inFort Wayne and Northern Indiana by Workspace Solutions, has a new line entirely dedicated to collaboration. It’s called Flock Collaborative Solutions because the idea is that workers will flock to these areas to share their best ideas. In the same way as cubicles naturally keep people apart, collaborative areas must lure people into their spaces. They must also facilitate the needs of the collaborators, or the desired collaboration won’t take place. Companies like Hon, and office designers like Workspace Solutions, have been carefully studying what type of furnishings and designs not only bring people together, but help them work together to create the desired results. At the same time, they are aware that such spaces must still fit the décor and decorum of your office. Many companies have learned that their collaboration area is useful as a recruitment tool, since perspective employees are excited about the prospect of a strong collaborative environment, and are even already experienced these in college.
So the bottom line is, it must function properly, and it must look great, or it just won’t work at all.
With the incredible rate of change driven by technology, it shouldn’t’ be surprising to find our workspaces are changing as well. Hon’s new Flock Collaborative Solutions, from Workspace Solutions shows how we continue to innovate to keep your work space up to date and running at maximum efficiency.