When Transitioning from Education to the Workplace students will often find themselves in an alien landscape. The environment and culture of the workplace is often vastly different from that of an educational institution. Current students have studied using collaborative methodologies and technology that is just now realising its potential in the workplace.
Universities with their large budgets were the first to realise the potential collaboration has on the quality of a student’s work and quickly began investing in this by using furniture designed with technology and collaboration mind, such as the TOP-TEC Collaborative-Furniture Range. You can reduce the impact of Transitioning from education to the workplace by dedicating areas to collaborative working.
Improving your ability to collaborate and share helps employees to integrate into the business and has many benefits for your existing employees. Clearer interactions and communication in dedicated spaces means fewer interruptions which helps to reduce errors in work. When a team or department is collaborating smoothly, sharing information and communicating seamlessly, they work more effectively. Highly motivated job prospects want to to work with people they respect and whom they feel they can learn from. Being able to pass on knowledge engages both parties and helps create a sense of belonging. Collaboration gives your workplace a competitive advantage when attracting today’s students and prospective employees.
Collaboration & Transitioning Into The Workplace
A Stanford University study has shown that collaboration and teamwork inspire, motivates, increases productivity and improves well-being among participants. Social cues that signal an invitation to work with others can fuel intrinsic motivation even when people are working alone. Participants of the study worked 64% longer on challenging tasks, had better engagement in and enjoyment of tasks, experienced less fatigue and reported a higher success rate.
A fantastic example of this in practice is Kramer’s Electronics Training Room. Designed as a “Collaborative Classroom” within the workplace for training system integrators. The classroom proved so popular that it is now used by all departments as a collaborative work space. See our case study for more information.
It’s important to ensure that your environment works towards supporting and promoting collaborative working so that prospective employees find the process of Transitioning into the workplace seamless. This means that the furniture you use must integrate with technology and be versatile enough to facilitate the use of a variety of devices and working methods. TOP-TEC’s Collaborative-Furniture Range can help turn even the smallest spaces into collaborative work zones, meeting spaces and breakout areas. Synergy and Focus offer customisable power & connectivity options to ensure everyone at the table can connect and interact.
You can create a more engaging workspace that uses technology and encourages collaboration by speaking to a member of our team today on 0121 783 3838. Alternatively you can get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also be interested in our previous article on how touch screen technology is transforming classrooms.