A 2013 office place study states that employees who work in collaborative office spaces are 57 percent more able to collaborate, 88 percent more able to learn, and 42 percent more able to socialize in their workplace than their peers who work in a non-collaborative office space. They are more satisfied with their jobs, more satisfied with their workplaces, and see themselves as higher performing.
See our list of top earning companies who have adopted collaborative office design:
CISCO released a case
that details their experience when shifting from standard office
cubicles to a flexible work environment focused on collaboration and
communication. The result was improved
employee satisfaction and reduced costs.
Google’s New York
City campus was designed with a “150-feet from food” rule to encourage
employees to snack, allowing them more opportunities for “unplanned-collaboration.”
The results were greater enjoyment for employees, which led to improvements in
motivation and productivity.
Pixar redesigned their office to encourage inter-department interaction.
Originally, offices of computer scientists, animators, and executive and
editors were in separate buildings, and he ultimately brought them together in
one cavernous office. This allowed executives to learn more about the realities
of the animation process, and provide more opportunities for animators and
computer scientists to work together on problems.
CoreNet Global released a case
study about how they worked with employees to develop the right collaborative
office. In the end, employees reported feeling more satisfied and connected to
the new space, and the company had lower occupancy costs.
In general, companies report that a collaborative office
design results in:
- Creativity – You
know the saying, “Two heads are better than one.” The more minds you have
working on a project, the more likely you are to discover an innovative
solution. Collaborative spaces mean that it’s easier for employees to seek one
another’s help to come up with the best final outcome.
- Flexibility –
Collaborative offices are designed with the ability to move around furniture
easily for meeting or brainstorming, and it also allows you to shift workspace
temporarily for short-term projects when it makes sense, allowing your company
to be more responsive to employee needs.
- Efficiency – From
a practical standpoint, companies that invest in collaborative office design
often find cost savings for everything from real estate and furniture to
services and IT equipment. And again, because of the flexibility built in to
collaborative spaces, it’s easier to make adjustments to improve work
efficiency as well, even as your company evolves.
- Mobility – In a
wireless world, it makes little sense to shackle your employees to their desk
if they may be able to accomplish more by getting up and moving. A
collaborative work environment usually works best with laptops that allow your
employees to take their work with them anywhere in the office – or outside your
doors when that’s required.
- Communication –
When you don’t have four walls boxing you in, there are more opportunities to
keep your co-workers informed about what you’re working on. And since
collaborative offices are designed to encourage gathering in groups, there’s
more opportunities for impromptu meetings that keep everyone in the loop.
- Fewer Meetings –
When there’s more informal communication happening, there’s less need for
formal meetings and even interoffice emails, which can ultimately give your
employees more time to focus on their work.
- Improved Morale –
There’s a reason that the idea of cubicles is associated with a negative work
environment. Being closed off from one another isn’t conducive to helping
employees develop relationships. A collaborative office design can really turn
around how employees feel about coming to work every day.Even with all these benefits, it’s important to design your
open office to meet other employee needs, such as privacy and the ability to
focus on work free of distractions. Not all open office designs are effective,
so it can make a big difference to hire the help of an experienced office design
team that can help you account for all the needs of your team.
Ready to add collaborative office design to your space? Contact CBI Group today.