While many enjoyed some of the work-from-home perks, numerous studies have proven that full-time remote work contributes to feelings of loneliness, burnout, and stress. To facilitate creativity, warmth, and connection, employers may consider making space for a communal working area in their current office floor plan. Here are just some of the key benefits of creating shared workspaces for employees.
It’s hard to feel collaborative or inspired when spending multiple hours in a drab cubicle or staring at a divider adorned with to-do list sticky notes. Regardless of the industry, there’s a reason to foster creativity. Allowing and encouraging employees to come together in a comfortable atmosphere to discuss a current project or troubleshoot an issue helps a business succeed. It also helps employees feel valued. When there is a safe space to share ideas, people are more inclined to speak up, lean into innovation, and bounce ideas off of each other until they find the best solution.
If you’re considering cutting out the cubicle or corner offices entirely, you may be able to save on year-over-year expenses. Creating communal workspaces that offer comfortable seating and tables for both laptops and desktops can be more visually appealing, and one can invest money into high-quality, durable furnishings that will last, look good, and give staff the space they need to comfortably set up shop.
Flexible Working Hours
By creating a team mentality, rather than individual mindsets, companies can offer flexible working hours so staff will retain some of the autonomy they had when working from home. Generate a buzz around the communal workspace and encourage employees to use the space during their off hours or break time to work on personal passion projects. Work and life don’t have to be separate; they can support each other with the right intentionality.
Humans naturally want to connect with each other. Curating a communal workspace will naturally draw staff into the fold, encouraging collaboration and inspiring friendship. Employees can then choose to work from their own individual workspace or join the group space when they are feeling social. Simply having this option shows staff that the company cares about their wellbeing and welcomes collaboration.
People want to feel like they are part of something great, not only just working for a paycheck. Creating a shared workspace for employees within the current office layout will help inspire creativity, encourage collaboration, and build trust. EON can help with all supply needs, including beautiful office furniture. Contact us today to learn more.