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Why You Need a Collaborative Work Environment

collaborative work environmentIn recent times, more and more companies are focusing on a collaborative work environment. Workspaces that allow the employees to work together will improve the overall performance of the company, including morale. When the morale of a company is high, employees naturally are motivated to work as a team. Instead of working in an isolated cubicle or desk, people are more keen to join in a community setting or potential work table. With the proper community work table, setting, or conference table, your employees will get an opportunity to interact with each other, share stories, and exchange more productive ideas.

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Improve the work experience
Researchers found that people working in a collaborative work environment are more content with their work life. In a community workspace, employees will naturally come together from different projects or even from different offices. Take what we did here at Boomerang. In one of our conference rooms is a large circular table.
This allows all of us to sit at the table, no different from one another. The stress is low, but motivation is high. When people from different levels get an opportunity to share the workspace, they can help each other. Whether that is personally or professionally.

Controlled Environment
Shared tables have a more stress-free environment as there is more interaction. Co-workers in the shared work table can create a sense of discipline and a working structure to make them feel more motivated. Making the office, human – Each collaborative work environment has its own vibe. The idea of sharing a table at work helps greatly in team building. The managers and the employees can understand each other’s needs. The stiffness goes away and allows the team to become more productive.

Companies should encourage these type of work settings as they promote the sense of community beyond the meeting rooms. This kind of collaborative work environment also helps in organizing training programs, networking events, and corporate meetings. As people sit together for the better half of their day,
they come to know about each other’s problems, and can find out a way to solve them.

If you’re looking to grow the community within your office, we want to speak to you directly. Reach out to your favorite South Jersey Pre-Owned Office Furniture company to get a quote. www.boomerangofficefurniture.com


A Shift in Office Design Trends

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Rose Tree Corporate Center: Media, PA

There has recently been a shift in commercial office design trends to incorporate more residential and hospitality elements. The office of the last 30 years reflected the ‘organizational office’ structure with the Boss in the best corner windowed office, his/her associates situated next door, support staff seated in cubicles, and the lunch room in the interior. Your rank was determined by office size and amount of windows. There was a separation of decision makers from the workers.

The onset of the computer started to change these office design trends in which all employees regardless of hierarchy could type their own work. The relationship of support staff and decision makers started to adapt. You see this reflected in the ratio of support staff to executives. In corporate law firms what used to be a 1-1 ratio can now be as many as a 5-1 ratio.

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Office Design Trends Pushed by Millennials

Hirtle Callaghan: Conshohocken, PA

Over 75 million millennials aged 18 to 35 have entered the workplace in which they challenge autonomy, flexible hours, and ample options on where and how to work. Today’s technology has pushed us far from traditional office operations and caused a large impact on the office design trends. The staff has become unfettered from their desks and has the ability to work freely within or out of the workplace.

This along with the rising cost of real estate has made the once standard large office of 300 square feet almost disappear. Our electronic-dependent work creates a need for more diverse spaces to work. The amount of drywall partitions changed and open plan work stations with low panels prevailed.

The integration of technology is no longer limited to a conference room or a work surface. It has become readily available throughout the break out spaces which allow for better and faster communications.

Dean’s Suite at Wharton School: Philadelphia

Interior glass is now a prominent element in the work place to welcome natural light and creates openness in the office that engages executives and support staff alike. Staff is spending much more time in the office therefore they want it to feel more like home. This has forced a collapse of the boundaries between staff and work associated spaces. More creative environments are being designed. Elements from hotel and residential interiors are being introduced in to the office. There are café’s instead of lunch rooms, wellness centers, living room- like meeting spaces, and conference rooms with top shelf food & beverage opportunities. Many offices use their reception areas as entertainment spaces for their clients. Suburban office parks are re-visioning their public space and large lobbies are now incorporating break areas and food opportunities Due to new office design trends we recommend companies create an audit to see how they can improve the office dynamic and create a nourishing space. This can be accomplished by asking these simple questions:


Office Design Trends #1. Generic standards vs. actual needs

Can you reduce the rentable square footage by understanding exactly what each staff group needs to feel comfortable in t heir job?

Office Design Trends #2 Support of how different people work

Does the staff have adequate access to private and collaborative spaces as their job requires and as each individual can be most productive?

Office Design Trends #3 Occupying a healthy environment

• Does the HVAC properly vent heat and cool?
• Are the lights LED which are closer to natural light or are they artificial light (florescent)?
• Is there exposure to natural light?
• Is there visually stimulating color and patterns?
• Are vending machines filled with healthy enriching snacks or sugar and carbohydrates?

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