Workspace design and fit-out for collaborative working
Today’s dispersed workplace teams – often including specialists located inside and outside the business – require dramatically different approaches to design and connectivity, including workspaces that are far more flexible and adaptable to changing needs.
Traditional workstations will continue to have a role within many organisations’ business activities. However, through the use of personal lockers, pedestal storage can be made smaller or eliminated, and the workstations can be used more flexibly between job-sharers or part-time workers.
Spaces with one open side and writable walls – which bring together individuals or teams for problem solving, brainstorming or training – can be made attractive and vibrant, encouraging creative thoughts and processes. The use of sound absorbing materials for walls and ceilings can also limit noise transfer.
Workspaces can be created for use by individuals requiring space for periods of total concentration and focus.
Seating or sofa areas are ideal for quick informal team meetings. Usually with high-backed acoustic sofas, with connectivity for presentations, they can also double-up as ‘focus’ or ‘concentration’ areas.
Private, enclosed areas are required for strategic and formal presentations, with sound containment and video conferencing.
For use by teams, contractors or transient workers, usually based elsewhere, who need space periodically, these areas are often centrally-placed, and include connectivity and a table space for set-down while the worker is in the building.
Where an office is predominantly open plan, these provide an area for individuals to make calls with a degree of privacy.
Typically a larger area where employees can take a break from their work for refreshment or lunch, the best will be creatively themed, comfortable, and encourage social interaction with colleagues. These spaces can also double-up for informal and collective company meetings.