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How to Enhance Teamwork through Office Design

Workplaces thrive on collaboration. Companies exceed their expectations and meet their goals through individuals working together. Teamwork and collaboration are vital for the success of any company. There are many ways you can help foster the spirit of teamwork in the office. One of these ways is by concentrating on office design. Designers can work with individual elements to create offices that are more conducive to teamwork and easier for individuals to come together and work collaboratively.

It’s Not Just About Meeting Rooms

In the past, people working together meant people booking a meeting room and sitting down to discuss a topic. Now, collaboration takes place all over the office, from spontaneous chats at people’s desks to meetings in the café to video conferences over the internet. Modern office designers, say Commercial People, are putting an emphasis on making collaboration easier even when it is outside the meeting room. This includes planning breakout spaces within offices which are more informal and comfortable than meeting rooms, working with larger desks for people to share, and creating shared spaces like cafes and fitness areas where people can work together while also relaxing.

Taking Away the Boundaries

More and more designers, when they design for teamwork, remove the physical boundaries that existed between different workers. There are fewer offices secluded behind walls and glass. There are more open-plan spaces where everyone is within easy access of each other. There are extra chairs around people’s desks and breakout spaces are designed as part of the office itself rather than being hidden away.

Making Connections Easier

And it’s not only about the physical space and the layout of the building, the small details matter too when it comes to enhancing collaboration and teamwork. Studies show that a majority of people waste valuable time searching for a meeting room, having to reserve spaces in advance, and finding spaces that fit the right amount of people. Making booking meeting rooms easier, and putting all the facilities into meeting spaces like enough power points and audio visual equipment, helps people meet in no time. Spaces for collaboration should also be open to all, and it should be widely understood where they are and what their best uses are. Spaces to meet should be integrated with each other and adapt flexibly to changes scales. Collaboration is challenging enough without making it more difficult – office design can be a powerful force for teamwork within the working environment.


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