Companies are experiencing a change process to become collaborative workspaces. It’s the style now to create coworking spaces where collaborative work flows on its own.
It is a trend that goes beyond a style and it has the reason for being in the advantages it implies. The benefits in the working way that this kind of shared spaces provide are more than proven: they foster collective thinking and teamwork; they prevent workers from competing with each other; they reduce stress and depression; there is a greater motivation to work and the performance and productivity are much higher. For this, it is necessary that the space be adapted to this new collaborative work concept with coworking space furniture that makes the workplace more comfortable and adapts to the new needs.
The conventional companies are isolated spaces in general, with independent work cubicles. Therefore, if an office of this type wants to change the working way, the first thing to do is to reconsider its structure by opening its spaces and introducing furniture that allows a collaborative work, where all workers could exchange easily opinions and ideas that encourage coworking.
Shared desks, collaborative tables, seats that allow a more relaxed work, tables to meet quickly and comfortably and so on. Let's see now the different solutions that can help transforming a conventional company into a coworking space. This is the furniture that you will need to equip a collaborative workspace.
In collaborative spaces conventional desks (individual work tables) are complemented with tables where it is possible to work together. ZUBI Table program is an example. It is a system that allow us to meet the needs of each space creating table compositions of different dimensions in length, depth and height. With different finishes, natural wood or lacquered, and with increasingly necessary possibility of electrification.
For its part, the MIX Auxiliary Table program is a perfect complement for this type of collaborative spaces. A circular, organic, oval or rectangular table that can be placed in an open space and allows meeting at a certain moment to tackle any teamwork issue.
Work meeting do not always have to be done in a formal way. Nowadays anytime and anywhere is good to work together. Therefore, stools should not be missing in these spaces, they are considered "collaborative chairs". It is increasingly common to find collaborative spaces with high tables, where the stools can be very practical to hold a short meeting with our workmates. For this, you can select one of the SELLEX SET Stool versions.
If you are looking for low stools, we recommend the HANDY Stool, a seat that stands out because it is easy to use and lightweight. You can move it from one place to another, sit next to a colleague at a given time and afterwards keep it stacked without taking up space.
Modular seats are very useful in coworking spaces. In this case, the seat becomes the main axis of the space and the meeting revolves around it. BACK Modular Seating or any of the compositions that SQUARE allows would fit perfectly as collaborative modular seating.
In case of needing a table, we could move the chair closer to an auxiliary table (MIX or HANDY) to leave a notebook, a folder or even a drink that we are taking at that moment. Since in collaborative offices any time/space is good for working as a team, even when it is coffee time. Leisure areas and work areas are mixed up in coworking spaces.
¿And why not use more comfortable seats as lounge chairs? Low seating or lounge chairs have a greater inclination in the backrest that allow us to be more comfortable. That can help us to relieve stress and be more relaxed in a work meeting, so that it can be calmer but equally productive, or even more. The lounge version of SLAM Chair program can be a good option for these collaborative spaces.
The portable environment dividers or CALM Partition Walls allow us to work in our own table in a space of more intimacy and tranquillity, but without losing contact with the other side of the partition wall. It is about being able to concentrate easily when work requires it, but being able to check with a workmate when necessary. This is possible thanks to the height of the partition wall, 126 cm. In this way, when we are seated we have the sensation of being in a cosier space and when we stand up we can talk with the colleague on the other side of the partition wall quietly.
Coworking spaces allow for working in a new way, but not only in companies. In addition to coworking spaces in office, these collaborative areas bring also benefits in study spaces. Nowadays it is common to find a collaboration classroom space in schools. Moreover, multipurpose rooms require collaborative lounge furniture for certain events. In short, collaborative meeting spaces are increasingly present in all types of facilities, since a good design of collaborative space fosters creativity and new ideas development, and reports many other benefits that we see below.
The conventional company traditionally has tended to value the individual talent that inevitably forced workers to compete. However, collaborative workspaces look for collective good and encourage team work on behalf of a common goal. This makes human relationships get better: employees are no longer mere workmates, they are linked also by friendship.
Teamwork helps to see things from very different perspectives. If all departments of a company work together, we will have people with very different professional profiles and experience in various fields giving their opinion on the same issue. That can help in new ideas generation and brings a lot of perspective to the problems that may arise.
The fact of avoiding competitiveness among workers and improving human relationships in the workplace reduces stress and depression. Therefore, collaborative and coworking spaces represent an improvement in people health.
The environment generated in collaborative spaces allow workers to motivate each other and to work in a more energetic way.
Everything commented above leads inevitably to the productivity improvement at work. If we feel more comfortable and we feel at ease with the work we do, we will perform more and the hours invested working will be more productive.
SQUARE Modular Seating
CALM Partition Wall
BACK Modular Seating