2015 tipped to be year of collaborative environments at work
A recent study has revealed the increasing benefits to companies that encourage employees to work in environments designed for collaboration, with 92 per cent of Australian businesses saying collaborative workspaces offer excellent value for money.
The research, by global workplace provider Regus, found that Australian businesses report significant benefits – including improved efficiency and innovation – while being a fun, social experience where employees build community ties and accomplish co-operative problem solving.
Analysing the views of over 22,000 respondents in more than 100 countries, Australian respondents noted that collaborative workplaces provided the ideal breeding ground for innovation (74 per cent) and entrepreneurial spirit (72 per cent).
Collaborative working is also seen as an effective way of creating connections with partners (79 per cent), providers and suppliers (81 per cent) and even potential clients (80 per cent). This introductory function can prove very valuable to businesses in the long term.
CEO of Regus in Australia and New Zealand, Paul Migliorini, said: “2015 is going to be the year that collaborative environments evolve from a buzzword to a mainstream trend. The nature of how we work has fundamentally changed over the past ten years. More and more businesses are choosing to provide their staff with top-class locations in a more cost effective and flexible way.
“And this isn’t confined to the multinational or big firms, collaborative spaces aren't built simply by putting people next to one another - but are instead an intentional space with the tools necessary for collaborative activities. The best examples of companies that have done this are Google, BGT Partners, Headvertising and Skype. Australian businesses recognise that mixing workers from different firms and different functions helps develop a more innovative and entrepreneurial outlook as well as keeping the firm supple and able to respond to changes in the market faster.
“From smart work hubs in our city fringes to co-working spaces and business lounges throughout the CBD – the tools are now available for any business to benefit from collaborative working.”
Paul Migliorini’s tips for collaboration in the workplace:
- Schedule regular innovation sessions between staff from different departments.
- Work with suppliers and partners to explore ideas and collaborate more closely on product and service design.
- Share some of the businesses ideas or resources with the wider community to attract a larger network of contributors.
- Create spaces that encourage collaboration and interaction within your office environment – it can be as simple as having a whiteboard by the water cooler or as advanced as a dedicated work-play area for employees to meet and discuss new ideas.
Mr Migliorini added: “Businesses should consider professional environments that allow employees to work collaboratively with their co-workers and also spaces where they can interact with people outside of the business. Regus work hubs across Australia offer co-working spaces, business lounges, meeting rooms and even mobile collaboration in the way of teleconferencing, which is especially helpful over the holiday period. We can assist in significantly improving innovation and productivity by providing collaborative environments that we know are the work spaces of the future.”
Regus is the global workplace provider.
Its network of more than 2,000 business centres in 104 countries provides convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful.
The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is opening wherever its 1.5 million members want support - city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations, motorway service stations and even community centres.
Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit: www.regus.com.au