Most of us working in office settings know that times and furniture surroundings have changed. Large companies with a single location have become rare, as many enterprises now have global locations with employees in several office locations, as well as those telecommuting. Collaboration between employees and independent contractors who could be working from anywhere in the world is now commonplace. Collaboration studies have shown drastic improvements in employee morale, as well as double digit boosts in productivity. Creating this culture in the office starts with creating an environment with your office furniture that can easily adapt to more fluid surroundings.
A key component of collaboration design is creating a working area where your team can easily gather for meetings, suggestion sessions or project-specific brainstorming. Modular furniture that can be re-designed and re-purposed for both team environments and for more private, focused-work settings is also a key element of a collaborative workplace.
Our full-service furniture division, Environments Denver, has implemented popular designs including double-sided benching workstations with tackable fabric screens to create individual privacy, as seen here with our 90Octane office design. Another option apart from double-sided benching can be accomplished with individual workstations that incorporate open office design, while still including privacy features – as can be seen here with the office furniture design project we did for Crestcom. As you can see from these examples, creating a professional, functional and inviting work space is easier than it looks!