The office space has been witnessing changes and modifications in terms of lay out for a long time now. Several designs for office space have been tried in order to get the employees work more efficiently and have the effect of taking up the overall productivity. Towards this end, offices with collaborative workplaces were introduced and have become quite popular.
Collaborative layout of the offices have several advantages and score over closed ones in many ways. Many human resource managers lay special emphasis on the collaborative workplaces so that they have higher efficiencies and work related results from the employees. Here are some of the main advantages of collaborative workplaces:
Collaborative workplaces promote teamwork which is almost always required in any company to achieve the final results. Such offices are a great way for the employees to work together, discuss and move in the same direction to be able to complete a certain project or even a series of projects. This kind of office layout fosters great togetherness and teamwork which closed (cubicle-style) offices cannot provide. Teamwork is appreciated in any corporate culture and in any industry. A team that works and moves forward together is able to achieve better results and faster completion of group tasks.
2 Sharing of Ideas
Office spaces that are open and collaborative greatly help sharing of ideas amongst the employees. In such an office setup, even juniors can suggest ideas to seniors rather easily and thus a given task can be achieved faster with new and innovative ways. In closed office spaces, such sharing and dissemination of new ideas is restricted to quite an extent. Fresh perspectives are shared on certain oft-repeated subjects or problems which can result in faster resolutions.
3 Complimenting Strengths
Collaborative workplaces are the best in sharing of strengths and skills amongst employees. While one of them may be good at something, another might be good in something else. Collaborative workplaces allow sharing and complimenting of skills which can be a great advantage from the human resource manager’s viewpoint. Such a thing may not be possible when everyone is working in cubicles.
Collaborative workplaces have better socialization among employees and that is seen as a great advantage in workplace cultures these days by the human resource managers. Employees from diverse cultures and even backgrounds are able to interact with each other better and share some of the unique aspects of their cultures. Intermingling among employees and, thus, of their ethnic and cultural diversity is greatly enhanced by such spaces.
5 Better Health
The more open and collaborative the office pace, the better will be the health of the employees, studies have found. This is so because collaborative workplaces help employees relieve of stress and boost their moods. Thus the employees are able to perform better and there is overall cheerfulness in the office.