The same survey by Webex showed that 95% of employees would come into the office for collaboration. This indicates that, while virtual collaboration has its benefits, it doesn’t necessarily have the same impact as a face-to-face meeting or brainstorming session.
Indeed, it’s nice to be able to collaborate without technical issues arising (human beings don’t glitch in real life). Furthermore, when colleagues get together for an extended period of time in the office, they can use it as an opportunity to share skills and knowledge, which is a challenge of fostering a digital community.
According to Starmind, knowledge sharing reduces repeated mistakes, helps employees make better decisions and increases productivity by 10-40%. Therefore, it makes sense to encourage skill sharing by making it part of the company culture. Here are some collaboration and skill sharing ideas:
- Learning Rooms – Innovative Clerkenwell-based furniture manufacturer Connection has recently unveiled its “Rooms” range: a selection of freestanding spaces designed for specific purposes, such as collaborating and reading. Among the range is a “learning room”, which, combined with its auditorium style seating, is ideal for bringing people together to share valuable knowledge.
- Modular Furniture – For a more casual approach to collaboration and skill sharing, consider introducing soft modular furniture. Due to being relatively light and reconfigurable, teams can move modular furniture around and work in a way that suits them.
- Whiteboard Tables – During our recent visit to Clerkenwell Design Week, our office designers came across a hybrid table/whiteboard by Wilkhahn. The flippable device can be set up for workshops, meetings, training sessions and any kind of group work, making it ideal for companies that actively promote collaboration.
While these represent forward-thinking ideas, a simple meeting room will do as well. If you’ve already got a boardroom (or several) in place, consider installing a digital booking system to avoid an overlap of meetings.