Collaborative Seating

Designing Collaborative Areas

Collaborative areas within a workplace contribute greatly to the sharing of ideas and information.  Ensuring that collaborative areas achieve their intended goals mean selecting the right type of collaborative settings & tools for the right type of collaboration that you wish to encourage in the workplace.   Each situation requires a different approach, but there are a few basic tips for planning and outfitting collaborative areas within a workplace.

Spaces should be designed around the type and amount of collaboration required.  Is the work creative, problem-solving or knowledge transfer? Creative teams may need areas in close proximity to the their individual work areas, or they could need a space isolated from their individual space.  Problem-solving, process oriented teams may need close proximity spaces so they can access each other quickly to solve problems as they arise.  Knowledge transfer activities may require that individuals have immediate access each other or require more formal meeting spaces that have readily available plug and play technology access within the collaborative spaces.

Provide different types of collaborative spaces to support various situations.  Common areas such as open community spaces can promote informal and spontaneous sharing of information.  Project rooms support ongoing collaboration for teams engaged in short or long term projects.  Individual workspaces & workstations should be designed to support both individual work and collaborative work.  Informal meeting spaces, when located correctly will encourage spontaneous collaboration.

The products showcased are just a sample of the type of collaborative settings that can be created.  Talk to one of our Office Furnishing Consultants to get other ideas and suggestions for products & design layouts to meet your design and function requirements. Visit our ONLINE CATALOGUE for pricing on our quick ship options.

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