Workplace issue #2: Enhancing Collaboration
Leaders today want innovative teams. That innovation is the result of collaboration when people work together solving problems and developing new insights and solutions.
According to this article, collaboration yields several different benefits:
According to Julie Barnhart-Hoffman, design principal with WorkSpace Futures, the Steelcase research and design group, “Collaboration relies on social networks, informal connections, how many interactions you have during the day. The variety and type of spaces where you work — workstations, hallways, cafés, team spaces, lounge areas, etc. — have an impact on how well you collaborate.” Benching workstations, technology-enabled meeting spaces, social spaces like work cafés and a good mix of tables and writing surfaces help build community and encourage collaboration. Barnhart-Hoffman adds, "If you want people to collaborate, you have to give them a range of workspace options.”
About the Workplace Performance series (see links to the whole series below):
Performance reviews are an expectation for today's workers. It's common for employees to meet with a supervisor and review pre-set goals, results and feedback regarding performance on at least an annual basis. This is good for keeping your people accountable, but there's another performer in your office that may be flying under the radar... your workplace. Do you know how well (or how poorly) your work environment is performing for you? Most managers wouldn't hire an employee without setting expectations for their performance, but very few set goals for their new workspace. The likely reason is they don't know what goals to set or how to measure them. Today, we're going to share one of these secrets with you below.
Based on research by Steelcase, the leading manufacturer of furniture for offices, hospitals, and classrooms, there are five common issues in the workplace that can be addressed by the design of your space.