Why the office is essential for collaboration

Why the office is essential for collaboration…

While most people have now returned to work post-Covid, the need for office collaboration is greater than ever. Over the last two years many of us have successfully transformed parts of our home into temporary offices, however, many have also missed the buzz of the office.

We’ve all got used to meetings over Zoom or Teams and they’ve made working from home and sharing documents and projects online much easier. However, you’d probably agree it doesn’t compare to doing things face-to-face.

The office can play an essential role in influencing and facilitating collaboration and innovation. It’s a place where ideas can be shared, solutions found, and relationships built, which increases productivity, efficiency, motivation, and creates a working environment that’s hard to replicate at home.

It allows employees to work faster and more effectively, think differently, and learn from others to improve their skills and develop the business.

Let’s look at five key elements behind the office being essential to collaboration.

  1. Better together

It’s often said two brains are better than one, and this is never truer when it’s to do with work. Tricky tasks can be easier to solve together, and creativity can thrive when you’re able to talk directly to someone else who’s working on the same project as you. It can also save time too, as you won’t need to do things by email and the workload can be shared.

  1. Enhanced feedback

Collaboration is a two-way process, where both parties can feel comfortable providing feedback to each other, good and bad. And in the same way it’s easier to come up with ideas together, it’s easier to give meaningful feedback face-to-face. Things like body-language, facial expressions, and getting difficult points across can be more successful on a face-to-face basis.

  1. Improved (head)space

A lot of offices have spaces designed to be used for face-to-face collaboration. This might be a meeting room, breakout space, or even a section of the office with sofas or beanbags where you can go and meet someone away from your desk. Areas like this can make you feel more creative and energised – especially if you grab a coffee at the same time and put you in a different headspace to sitting at your desk.

  1. Team building

Another benefit of collaboration in the office is how well it can build teams. Being in the same location means you can get to know and understand each other well. Simply seeing and working with someone every day makes forming a relationship much easier. And, of course, team building activities (you know what we mean by this) work much better face-to-face in an office than they do online.

  1. A shared purpose

Employees who share a workspace often share a sense of place too. Their office is where they feel at home when they’re away from home. And if they share a sense of place, they’re far more likely to have a shared purpose about the work done at that place too, leading to a willingness to collaborate and work together effectively.

So, there you have it. If you want your team to collaborate efficiently, the office really is essential.

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