For many, open workspaces are the ideal space to work and collaborate. Why do you think so many people pay to have access to shared workspaces even when it isn’t necessary for their business?
Below are three reasons why open workspaces are productive and effective:
1. Contributes to positive work culture
Isn’t it nice to come into a welcoming workspace where you can be social and collaborate on work projects simultaneously? This may not be everyone’s ideal situation – but if the team is productive and meeting deadlines – what’s the negative of working and socializing in the same space? Having a balance between work and social time throughout the workday is a great way to promote positivity, build team morale, and keep team members motivated.
2. Allows for more ideation & collaboration
Instead of scheduling specific brainstorms that eat up everyone’s working time, sometimes it’s okay that such brainstorms happen naturally—and sometimes they produce more authentic results. Spontaneous brainstorms promote out-of-the-box thinking where individuals are more likely to step outside of their comfort zones, where pre-scheduled brainstorms can sometimes feel intimidating. Working in an open workspace with other team members opens many doors for miscellaneous collaboration sessions.
3. Makes it easier to accomplish tasks
An open work environment enables quick access to team members for questions, help, or as issues arise. Instead of feeling the need to be confined to your cubicle or office, I think open workspaces make it easier for ad hoc conversations. Even though technology has enabled us to do so many great things over the years, I feel that the conversation is more productive when it happens face-to-face.
Whether you work in an open workspace or a more secluded work environment, there are many ways to promote a positive work culture, collaborate, and accomplish tasks. Check out the transformation of our own office into a space that has effectively contributed to our cooperative and conducive workflow.