Workplaces for teams
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Workplaces that are good for teams help teams to become truly effective
Storage as sound insulation. Storage, such as
cupboards or a set of panel-hung shelves between groups can help to reduce
Insulate the noisy.
Seek to insulate sound around heavy phone users, both so they can hear their
callers and so the noise they make minimally disturbs others.
A gradient of sound, from those who make loud
noises to quiet areas can be a practical part-solution to noise problems. This
must, of course, be balanced with needs for such as adjacency.
Make the noisy aware.
Where people cannot see other people, they can tend to assume that they alone
and consequently talk and laugh more loudly, thus creating additional
Headsets, especially dual-ear models, can help those on the phone hear their
conversation whilst there is moderate noise around them.
Meetings and shared space
Include meeting space within the team space where
Teams may elect to increase team space by reducing
Shared space may either be in the center of a group
of workstations or may be on corners (the corner in a right-angle aisle
provides a smaller entrance to a more private meeting area.
Cluster around shared space.
Many towns and villages started as a group of houses around a common green
area. Everyone could see everyone else and they could meet in the shared
space. The arrangement is effective at creating an ‘us’. This works well for
Cluster of clusters.
The principle of grouping around a common area is scalable. The whole office
can be built with a larger shared space at the core, with teams all around.
Together and apart
- Teams need to work together. They need spaces to meet and to see
and converse, as above.
- Individuals need their own space. Within teams, sometimes
individuals need time to get away to have time to themselves. They also need
to do quiet work away from the bustle of the team.