Collaborative Workspaces

DESIGN TRENDS IN THE WORKPLACE

Going to the office isn’t simply about working from a cubicle anymore. Modern office design is all about unique workspaces — workspaces that will appeal to a broad range of employees. Employee retention is crucial for today’s businesses. One component of a solid employer/employee relationship is a pleasant office environment.

For some businesses, that means building a yoga studio right into the office area. Other businesses provide small, private meeting areas in where employees can go to brainstorm, or to meet with a handful of coworkers. Many offices are turning to collaborative workspaces in addition to individualized offices and cubicles.

A modern office design must incorporate these three key elements: mobility, flexibility and sustainability. “Green” isn’t just a word thrown around anymore; it has become a way of life.

What are the trends in modern office design? Collaborative workspaces, open design, doing more with less, and comfort.

COLLABORATIVE WORKSPACES
Companies in 2012 are running far leaner than they ever have in the past. Employees have taken on multiple roles, and most job descriptions for today’s workers are far lengthier than ever before. In order that all work tasks are completed, employees must embrace collaboration and teamwork. There are few business roles in which an individual can work by him or herself all day every day. What does a collaborative workspace look like?

  • Cubicles are smaller –by an average of 15 square feet. Smaller cubes make room for larger common spaces and place for collaboration.
  • Partitions between workspaces are short or non-existent. Workers must be able to have face-to-face interaction with the coworkers around them. Additionally, shorter partitions make smaller cubes feel bigger.
  • Workspace is versatile, easing the shift from focused projects to shared and team activities.
  • Meeting rooms for “on the fly” meetings between team members working together on a project.

Collaborative workspaces are key in 21st century offices. Few workers are considered “solo” workers today. In most cases, teams of employees work together to achieve a common goal. View a few examples of collaborative workspaces from bauhaus here or view the photos below.