November 24, 2015

How Standing Desks Can Boost Collaboration

by TrueNorth Desks

At TrueNorth, we like to think we’re greater than the sum of our parts. Each of our employees, no matter what department they work in, brings something unique to the table in terms of qualifications, passion and tools. But getting them all to work together is what makes our company successful. If the employees in your company are all working independently, you’re probably not going to get the most out of them. And they’re not going to be as happy either.

Often, we feel like people are either going to collaborate or they’re not, and while it’s true that some people do it more naturally than others, there are still some ways that your office environment, including your corporate furniture, can affect collaboration.

Here are just a few:

Standing Desks Improve Energy Levels
Energetic employees are always going to be more likely to collaborate, and usually will be better at it when they do. Think about how it feels to be in a tired mood. No one is at their most welcoming when stagnant. You’ll be ready to engage in workgroup settings.

Breaking out of Routines Aids Creativity
Science shows that we’re more creative when we’re active, meaning you don’t just get health benefits from standing desks, you get cognitive benefits too. One of the biggest contributors to successful collaboration is problem solving. You’re never going to be your best problem solving self if you’re sitting around all day in that same old office chair.

Unique Office Furniture Creates a Shared Identity
You might think that having a corporate identity is only important for outward-facing marketing materials. But branding isn’t just a sales tool—it’s also a tool to keep employees motivated. If workers feel like they’re a part of something, they’re more likely to buy into what you’re doing. And if they buy in, they’re more likely to have that “We’re all in this together” feeling. It’ll decrease the amount of conflict, and encourage people to work together.

Comfortable Gathering Places Increase Collaboration
One of the simplest requirements for collaboration is co-location. Sure, collaboration can happen over a conference call, or a video chat. But co-location in the workplace is the best way to improve interpersonal relationships, which in turn improves collaboration. Whether you have a stand up desk for each employee, or use them to create special collaboration spaces, they’re effective.

When you’re ready to improve your employee’s collaboration using our top of the line standing desks, we’re here for you. Here’s a great place to start.

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