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Is your workplace truly collaborative? Does it offer employees the opportunity to work together when they want to, choose team-based projects according to their interests and strengths, or even simply take some time to bounce ideas off a colleague? Is there an open plan design to encourage collaboration and foster friendships—as well as more secluded areas for those who don’t want to be distracted while they work?
If you’ve answered, “No” to any of these questions, then you could be missing out on some important factors that can contribute significantly to successful business operations. Here are some key benefits of a collaborative workplace:
It’s important to understand that when done well, a collaborative workplace doesn’t just consist of your physical offices. It should also include a virtual workplace where employees from different locations can interact remotely. As Larry Alton points out in his Forbes article “The Future of Digital Workspaces Means More Collaboration,” supplementing your physical workspace with a digital one can create more flexibility and improve communication, ultimately leading to greater levels of productivity.
Clearly, a collaborative workplace can be critical to building and maintaining an engaged, creative, and innovative workforce. So if you want to remain a competitive employer and brand, you’re best advised to start transforming your workplace into one that’s collaborative as soon as possible.