WORKPLACE COLLABORATION IS ESSENTIAL TO FOSTER INNOVATION AND ENGAGEMENT.

Teamwork is central to knowledge work, and collaborative workplace design provides the supporting structure. At its core, knowledge work consists of learning, socializing, collaborating, and focused work. Three of those involve two or more people creating, evaluating, and building on knowledge to generate new ideas and creative solutions.

A new view of collaboration is emerging—no longer a formally planned activity done in designated destinations such as a conference room, collaboration is now ubiquitous. It’s often spontaneous and informal, happening at desks, in hallways, in team spaces, on smart phones and via the Internet. When your workspace fully supports this new type of workplace collaboration, your organization fosters better learning, more innovation and faster decision-making.

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Today, most collaboration is informal, impromptu and unstructured. However, your workplace should be designed to support the different types of collaboration:

generative | brainstorming
evaluative | reviewing / sharing
informative | coordinating / planning

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