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What is a Collaborative Workspace and Who Are They Meant For?

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 10:00:00 AM by Ryan Ring

What is a Collaborative Workspace

Collaborative workspaces are ideal for companies that want to enable their employees to work closely together on projects. The idea is that projects are meant to be worked on together as a whole, rather than each person working separately in their own cubicles. It makes sense to work together, but many workspaces are not designed with collaboration in mind.

Why Collaborative Workspaces are Effective

 

The workplace environment is changing. Companies that have a traditional open office environment are finding that the amount of workspace per employee is shrinking rapidly. In 2010, the square feet per worker was 225 and by 2013, this number shrunk to 190. This creates a problem: employees are working closely together, but not collaboratively on the same projects.

 

Ultimately, this leads to distress in the workforce because they’re among their peers, but they may never spend time bonding.

 

Workspaces that are designed with collaboration in mind help with:

  • Members working on a project to work together
  • Inter-office bonding
  • Faster production among workers

 

The idea of a collaborative workspace is also changing. While this once meant a physical workspace wherein the employees all worked together, mobile devices, video and cloud-based collaboration has also changed the collaborative workspace.

 

Employees can now work together on a project in a whole new way.

 

Who Are Collaborative Workspaces Meant For?

 

Collaborative workspaces are meant for start-ups and companies that have employees all working toward one main goal or objective. A small development firm that creates apps for mobile devices may have graphic designers, programmers and others working together in one collaborative workspace.

 

This allows work to be completed quicker, reduces the time it takes for communication among peers, and builds a bond between workers in a workforce.

 

The collaborative workspace can be designed in an office, or it can be part of a rented space meant for specific groups or teams of employees.

 

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