Slowly but surely, the startup environment is growing in popularity throughout the business world. From Googleplex to the more modest, unfinished office spaces in Palto Alto, this environment brings a slew of benefits to the company as a whole. However, some businesses may struggle with the balance between productive and creative, and how that fits in with encouraging collaboration effectively.
Kelly Meeker of OpenSesame wrote in the Huffington Post: “Creating an office space that supports productivity is a balancing act between enabling focused work and supporting collaboration between creative people.” Meeker was eventually inspired by the Agile Development Manifesto for their OpenSesame offices – but, from office furniture to overall design, how can you incorporate the startup ideals of creativity and collaboration into your current or new office?
Clear walls: Instead of closing off your conference rooms, use windows for walls. Studies show that simply seeing others working inspires creativity, collaboration and productivity.Provide variety: Instead of assuming your employees only want to work at their desk, offer some other options. From couches, to pub-style tables and benches – employees may want to step away from the group to collaborate, without needing a conference room.
If you’re content team is also running your social media, they may need to collaborate with sales on how to position a certain product, or connect on with the product team on verbiage in ad-copy. By allowing employees to take on multiple positions, not only are they pushed to over perform, but have more reason to work with co-workers in other departments.
Design experts at HonigKat.com suggest, “Having fun during work allows one to be relaxed and that’s where one tends to get inspired with wonderful ideas.” Bringing in Ping-Pong tables, cards, board games and the like allows your employees to engage in their creative brain together.
The startup environment is wanted by many, but not used enough. Not only does this space invite collaboration, but greater productivity and overall effectiveness improves as well. Whether you’re starting from scratch or looking to re-design you can add a touch of startup into your business.
This is a guest post from Jessica Sanders, an avid small business writer featured on deskmag.