We hear the word ‘collaboration’ on a regular basis these days, but what exactly is it?
To put it simply, collaboration is group of people coming together to brainstorm ideas, or come up with creative solutions to problems. For a business, it leads to super-productivity and helps to increase morale and boost team-building efforts.
So, what can you do to help?
Firstly, you need to give your staff the situation in which to collaborate effectively in the first place. An office space, which is free of distractions, comfortable, and somewhere with a little inspiration in terms of decor, is great. You need to think about large meeting room tables, with space for creative scribblings, and this area needs to be somewhere staff can talk freely, without worrying about disrupting other workers. A large conference room is ideal, but breakout spaces do the job just as well.
Your employees also need the freedom to come up with various ideas without worries over being judged or ridiculed for some of the more ‘out there’ ideas. These ideas can often work out to be the best ones! Effective collaboration is therefore about feeling secure in the team and giving your employees the space and tools to do the job. Check out the many London office furniture choices online, to give you a dose of inspiration.
Why not ask your staff what they think? What types of desks and meeting room tables do they feel would work best? Involving staff is a great idea.
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