According to a study by Steelcase, top performing companies spend 23% more time collaborating that average companies. From commercial offices to training & learning spaces within the education sector, collaborative work is now a top priority. Gone are the days of being tethered to an assigned desk and communicating only via email… These days, a huge part of space planning and product selection is about facilitating co-creativity, agile group work and cross-communication between different teams within the workplace.
In order for staff or students to work in this synergistic way, they need to be provided with the right settings and resources. Purpose-built collaborative spaces have become commonplace in the modern working world in order to aid creative thinking, innovation and idea-sharing.
Collaboration and creativity are most successful when we can share and display thoughts and ideas. One of the most effective ways to streamline this process is by introducing integrated technology which modernise brainstorming and the communication of information. Digital tools such as media:scape, multi-way screen sharing, SMART boards and video conferencing all encourage improved collaboration.
Collaborative spaces are an ‘away from the desk’ solution where small or medium groups can come together to work on a shared task. As well as the right technology, this kind of setting benefits from modular furniture which is easily adaptable and often, some acoustic space division solutions which help contain noise and visual distraction.
75% of employers say their current collaborative spaces aren't helping them be creative (Forrester)
88% of millennials prefer to work in a collaborative environment over competitive (Mindspace)
11% of lost time is spent looking for a collaborative workspace to meet and work (Steelcase)
The way in which we go about creating this type of workspace starts with our first fundamental principle – getting to know our customer. Without knowledge and insight into the customer’s current stumbling blocks and objectives for the future, we couldn’t possibly design a workspace which is bespoke to their requirements. We do this through face-to-face meetings, workshops, surveys and site visits to assess how the customer is using their existing space.
From then, our team of Workspace Strategists and Interior Designers can use their experience and skills to configure a workspace which is going to help drive the business forward. This process can include fit out elements, commercial furniture, technology and design elements, all depending on the scale of project and level of involvement they require from us as their partner. We combine the latest interior design trends with brand identity to create a working environment which is unique, visually appealing and facilitates improved co-creation, communication and active participation.
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