Remote work redefined what it means, and what it takes, to be productive. But among the things employees missed and needed most was interaction. People like collaborating in person.
The term “open office” used to be more about layout. Now it’s about workflow. Traditional workstations are great for tasks, but collaboration sometimes demands more versatility. Whether it’s a conference room ready for the next brainstorming session or a flexible space for conversation, creativity, and connection, these spaces often share similar requirements.
Consider a café approach, building on the idea of easy-to-maintain materials and surfaces. Tables like HON’s Arrange® series are available in various sizes, shapes, and heights, creating an inviting space. Or get even more casual with Flock® seating, intentionally designed for cozy collaboration.
The right environment makes team and client engagements less intimidating, and actively encourages discussion, especially peer mentoring. The exchange of insights between experienced employees and those who are new increases the retention of both.