Have you ever worked in an environment with depressing and dark cubicles? Not exactly a mood booster is it? More offices are now moving towards an Open Door Policy, which comes with an open-aired office to promote a more collaborative coworking environment. An Open Door Policy encourages openness and transparency between employees and managers—so why not do the same with work areas?
Rule #1: Tear Down Those Walls
Remove the high-walled cubicles and actually allow the sun to shine on your desk plant once in awhile! Cubicles recently turned 50 a few years ago, according to Business Insider, and boy, what a life it had! They may have worked in the 80’s or 90’s, but in today’s workplace, instead of increasing productivity, they can cause low morale. Many companies today are choosing opened collaboration over isolation for this reason.
Rule #2: Let There Be Light (and Color)
Light-filled offices usually boost the mood of workers and can make workers feel like they want to collaborate more (plus it’s easier to see those data sheets!) than a dreary dark office. A boost of Vitamin D also is good for the soul. According to an article in Entrepreneur, How the Color of Your Office Impacts Productivity, bland gray, beige, and white offices induce feelings of sadness and depression in women. Colors such as light green or blue can improve efficiency and focus.
Rule #3: Bring in Modern and Ergonomic Furniture
Out with cubicles and regular desk chairs and in with modern benches, community tables, yoga balls, and standing work desks. Having ergonomic furniture helps with those grueling work hours due to the comfort they bring, and in turn, can lead to more productivity from employees. By bringing in ergonomic furniture to the workspace, it is also easier to collaborate with one another in a comfortable setting and bolsters more of an open dialogue to bounce off ideas with peers.
Rule #4: Designate Multiple Common Work Areas
When you are at home, most of your family gathers in the living room to watch TV, relax, and discuss family plans—so why not build a “living room” at work to gather around and share ideas? Having a common, designated area is the best way to stimulate collaboration within the office. It makes it easy to pull up a chair and discuss the status of a project one-on-one or quickly pull in people from different departments to discuss a larger scale project. These common areas can be a gateway to a better work culture, where people are looking to find a more interactive workplace.
Rule #5 Provide an Outlet Area
Not only should common areas be in the workplace but also in the break room or game room where people can unwind and get to know coworkers in a more relaxed environment. After all, water cooler stories make the best stories, right? Some companies even go as far as having game rooms, beer fridges, bars, free food, and ping pong areas. Interacting with coworkers outside of the work realm gives off great benefits to have better chemistry when collaborating on work.
At Bluescape, we have state-of-the-art collaborative workspaces designed by Haworth, with modern and inspiring designs that help develop creativity in the workplace. With open-aired community work tables and ergonomic standing work desks, it sets the mood for an easy-to-collaborate workplace—and that’s what Bluescape is all about.