Corporate: Collaborative Spaces
As knowledge work continues to evolve, collaboration is an emerging issue that’s key to business growth. As workers seek to rapidly build on each other’s ideas to create new forms of knowledge and innovation, the workspace can either significantly support or compromise their intentions and behaviors. Even as work becomes more dependent on technology and workers spend more time immersed in the digital world, the workplace is increasing in importance as the central hub that tethers workers to each other for interactions that are both necessary and desired. As such, the shift from private enclosed offices and cubicles to spaces that are intentionally shared and multifunctional may well be the biggest change in office design that happens throughout our still-new century. Different work requires different space. As organizations reduce individual workspaces, there’s opportunity to replace some of that space with solutions that foster collaboration, learning, fast decision-making and innovation. Done right, they can make traditional conference rooms obsolete.
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