You’ve probably heard (or used) buzzwords to describe today’s office worker — these “communicators” or “collaborators” might work in spaces we design called “huddle rooms” or “team areas.”
What’s important here is that even some of the most powerful companies in the world with the biggest profits — as well as the most qualified and hardworking employees — need teamwork to exist. Not only does teamwork indicate communication, efficiency, and creative solutions, but in today’s workforce, it’s an unquestionable way of life.
Workspaces are beginning to reflect this mentality. Clients are starting to understand that instead of rows of cubicles and a couple conference rooms, they need a variety of different types of spaces to enhance collaboration of all types.
There shouldn’t be any more 10-year-old posters proclaiming “teamwork” and a teamwork day where everyone gets a day off from behind his or her desk. The working force today needs to be in an environment that enhances — not discourages — teamwork.
If one can have the private workspace, the area in their office that they can talk to and/or interact with one other person, and more spaces where they can interact with larger groups. This alone allows more variety of spaces to collaborate.
For example, check out the new headquarters for the Bill and Melinda Gates’ Foundation. It has been described as having, “Chance encounters [that] yield creative energy. And mobility is essential.”
If one of the most well-known nonprofits in the world is building its headquarters to heavily support a variety of teaming spaces, shouldn’t we all take a look at how our workspaces boost our teamwork?