The old-school concept of the one-person cubicle is fast losing its appeal even in office spaces in Cebu; now, even our creativity and productivity are no longer enclosed in our personal spaces. These days, we can collaborate and work side by side with our peers in open spaces. The collaborative economy has changed the way we view the office in different ways. Now the trend goes towards shared tables and floors we can move around with shared facilities.
The co-working strategy aims to build collaboration, however this setup of open spaces is very much prone to distract the employees working in it. In fact, a few hours of uninterrupted work may be challenging to get if you wish to focus when there are people brainstorming around you.
One important step to take to improve conduciveness is to change some key managerial and organizational strategies and make it apply to the shared work space format. Management should facilitate changes that lead to productive interaction while helping their employees focus. Here are some office rules that managers may want to apply:
On a level that’s more personal, there are a number of steps you can take to boost your concentration at work. You may try headphones and enter your own zone. However there are other ways you can use than just listening to music.
As a process involved in creating a strategy, collaboration needs the contribution of both the individual as well as the team. Private time to concentrate on concepts is very essential to create ideas, learn and draft strategies. Afterwards, staff may then work together to further create a shared vision, collaboratively. Next, private time is needed once more for the individuals to do the tasks needed to execute the plan. The more demanding a project is, the more “me time” should be allocated to the members of the team.
Total concentration needs focus to be accomplished as well. The good thing is that in co-working spaces, staff can move to different places if they feel distracted. Anyway, at the end of the day it all boils down to us knowing which tasks need our solitary focus or those which need team effort.