[rb_inline_related]Desks A desk is generally perceived to be a space of one’s own. This might work for some, but it’s also one of the biggest hindrances to workplace collaboration; with everyone stuck at their own desk, it’s feasible that an employee sitting at one end of the office might never speak to someone based at the other end. This is why hot-desking has become so popular. By giving employees the freedom to sit wherever is available, they will inevitably communicate with colleagues they might never have talked to previously, which spurs collaboration and offers each colleague new perspectives on their work. In order for hot-desking to work, employees must be equipped with laptops and other devices that can work from any location within the office, as well as high-speed wireless internet that can be accessed from a multitude of devices. The IT infrastructure must also be flexible enough that employees can access the relevant files or folders wherever they’re sitting. If this is all implemented properly, it can be one of the most effective ways to improve collaboration. Huddle rooms The huddle room is still an unfamiliar area, but it was one of the biggest trends of 2016 and will continue to be a brilliant way of encouraging collaboration. It’s essentially a small, open room that can be accessed at any time and has all the technology necessary for collaboration, including screens, high-speed Internet, wireless content sharing gadgets and anything else necessary to swiftly meet business requirements. With a huddle room, employees can get together to collaborate on a project, quickly brainstorm ideas or host a phone call in an environment that’s more creative than a desk area. However, without reliable, high-performance technology, the huddle room will fail to serve its purpose.
Conclusion If companies can optimise these three specific areas of the workplace, they’re bound to see the many benefits that come with employee collaboration and engagement. Employees will be happier, the quality of work will be higher, and millennials – the younger generations who have had a huge influence on the importance of collaboration – will be more likely to want to work for you. Image: Shutterstock
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