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Using screens and partitions in modern workspace design

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Workspace plays an important role in the successful development and growth of any business. When it comes to designing or refitting your office, you need to create layout solutions that can adapt and transform easily to meet the changing needs of the business and future-proof your office.

Over the last few years, design trends have been about flexible, open and collaborative spaces. Designers claim that these multi-use offices led to better communication and diminish hierarchy within the office. The problem with this type of layout is that not enough thought has gone into issues that arise with noise, creating zones, visual aesthetics and the impact on staff wellbeing.

In this article, we look at ways to use screens, partitions to design spaces that are not only functional but also have a powerful impact on employee’s productivity and business growth.

Add Colour and Texture

A study done by the University of Massachusetts found that adding colour to your office can help employees, as it reduces stress, increases creativity, enhances morale, broadens their appreciation of diversity, and encourages discussions and expressions of opinions. What the eyes can see can either have a positive or negative effect on a person’s brain activity, so adding a bit of colour and texture to your office can benefit your employees.

A simple way to add colour to your space is through the use of decorative screens or wall tiles. With many different colours, textures and designs available, these can have an effect of an office mini makeover, offering your staff something visually stimulating to look at instead of rows of desks and chairs.

Specific hues also improve certain brain functions that can help boost productivity at work, so perhaps choose screen colours based on the type of activity that is occurring each space ie yellow to enhance clarity and precision.

Create Office Zones

As office sizes expand, you may want to look at separating your open plan design into zones. Some designers have started referring to these organisational units as ‘neighbourhoods,’ and advocate for decorating them distinctly, to help workers, or visiting clients, get a sense of where everyone is within the office. Using screens and partitions are a great way to section the office and bring order to chaos. They create spaces that make sense for specific tasks without blocking light or visually upsetting the open-plan feel.

Quiet zones are designed for tasks that demand heightened focus in an office. Acoustic screens are a flexible way of ensuring acoustic comfort and privacy in these zones. Created to mitigate the privacy and noise pollution concerns of open-planning, acoustic partitions provide improved speech clarity, maintain confidentiality and help improve concentration levels.

Brand Perception

As a business, first impressions are important and your office design can have a big impact on how your clients and guests perceive your brand. As your reception is usually the first space your customers see, it is important that this area, in particular, makes a positive impact. Coloured screens and even nature walls are a great way to modernise your reception area and add a bit of character. 

Overall, your office communicates the nature of your business in both subtle and obvious ways. Much of the message your office sends can be refined through smart office design. Screens, partitions and wall tiles are just one way you modernise your space.

Get in touch with one of our friendly team for some more ideas.

How to choose the perfect office desk

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Working in an office job often means long hours spent sitting at a desk. Your desk becomes home to a computer, paperwork, phone and many other things that are required to complete your day to day job. When buying or replacing your desk, it is important to think about the functionality required for your job, as well as available office space and design aesthetic before making a purchase. 

Below is a list of desk options to choose from and some of the different benefits each style offers. 

Straight Desk

The rectangle-shaped straight desk is the most traditional style of desk available. The main benefit of this design is that the entire surface is usable, with no dead space, making it a versatile and practical solution for smaller office layouts. The simplicity and right angles of the straight desk make achieving an ergonomic work environment easier. Choose from multiple lengths; 1200, 1500, 1800, depending on your available space and requirements. 

Corner Desks

Corner desks are a larger ‘L’ shaped desk alternative to the straight desk. As the name suggests, they can fit perfectly into the corner of a room and the additional corner arm offers a larger surface area for those that require more working space. The extra depth in the corner is great if you are hosting two screens, freeing up space on either side for other activities. The extra length is also beneficial to managers or customer-facing workers, to use as a table for hosting meetings when needed. 

Workstations and Pods

If purchasing a desk for your employees, you may want to look at the option of buying a pod or workstation. These desks connect together, usually in sets of two, four or six. They work well with straight desks in 1200, 1500 or 1800 lengths, but can also work with a corner desk in a set of four. Connected desks are great for saving space but also have the added benefit of encouraging collaboration between teams. You can easily add acoustic desk screens to pods to reduce noise and create privacy within the pod. 

Height Adjustable Standing Desk

Our bodies are not designed to sit for prolonged periods of time and we are seeing more and more businesses purchase height adjustable desks for their office space. With health and well-being becoming a focus, being able to offer a sit to stand desk can be a very attractive selling point when recruiting new employees.  Having the choice of sitting or standing throughout the day is not only beneficial for one's health but also helps with focus and motivation. There are a few options when purchasing a standing desk; a manual wind adjustable desk or deskalator are great if you have a limited budget, or choose an electric desk if you are looking for a convenient and fast option. Be sure to add a floor mat for ergonomics and comfort whilst standing. 

All our desks come in a range of colours to suit your office design, so have a think about what will match your space. As well as purchasing a desk, you might want to have a think about desk partitions, monitor arms and under desk storage such as mobiles, CPU holders and wire trays. 

If you need more advice on purchasing a desk or recommended accessories, please give our friendly team a call on 0508 639 639.   

Benefits of a sit to stand desk

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Benefits of a sit to stand office desk

For many full-time workers throughout New Zealand, the standard workday is 8 hours or sometimes even more. Frequently, we hear of people who find themselves sat at their desk most of this time; until the rise of the Height Adjustable Desk. Research has shown that our bodies are not designed to sit for prolonged periods of time as it can significantly impact our health, well being and productivity. The introduction of the Height Adjustable Desk gave us the flexibility of sitting or standing throughout the day and helped us improve our overall health and significantly reducing physical stress on your body.
But is this a fad, or does it actually benefit your health?
We decided to delve into the 4 key advantages of height adjustable desks and shed a bit more light on them.

  • Standing helps you to focus and improves your mood; Standing keeps the blood flowing freely throughout your body allowing your mind to be more alert and energised. Sitting for prolonged periods has also been linked to a higher risk in both depression and anxiety, so why not try standing for 15 minutes every hour in your day. You may notice that you feel more motivated, proactive and overall more positive about your work.
  • Reduce back pains and better posture; Sitting at your desk for hours each day can cause cramps, aches, sore necks and pains throughout your body. By standing you are able to improve your posture, core strength and put less strain on your lower back lowering chances of injury.  

  • Reduce weight gain and signs of obesity; When we sit, our bodies are far less active than when we are standing, and weight gain tends to be caused by consuming more calories than the body is burning. By standing, you can reduce signs of weight gain and burn about 50-60 extra calories per hour. If you were to stand for 3 hours each workday, it would equal out to 800-900 calories per week. Whilst standing is one way to remain active throughout the day, there are also many other exercises and movements you can do throughout the day to get your heart rate up! Read our article on 7 exercises to do at your desk.

  • Increased productivity and concentration; By engaging your largest muscle groups whilst standing, you also increase blood flow to the brain. This, in turn, improves the way we feel, the energy we have and finally the way that we work; increasing your productivity and attention.

These are only some of the many benefits you may find when you try out this new way of working. If you want to put your health first and are considering changing to a standing desk, we have a range of options that we would recommend:

Rise Electric Range; Two stage

Easily switch between seated and standing positions over the course of the working day with our affordable Rise height adjustable desk. The vertical range of the Rise Desks is; 710mm - 1160mm

Elevate Electric Range; Three stage

Elevate electric height adjustable desks provide height adjustment at the flick of a switch. Easily switch between seated and standing positions over the course of the working day. The Sit/stand vertical adjustment range of the Elevate Range is 650 - 1250mm.

Agile Range
The Agile Desk Range offers fixed height, winder and electric height adjustable solutions that are designed to work in the same places you do.

Four easy ways to inject colour into your office

Friday, April 05, 2019

In the last few years, playful, vibrant workplaces have been popping up around the world, as the use of colour in commercial interiors has grown in popularity with designers and architects. The use of colour injected into a workspace adds a sense of style and creativity, whilst also positively impacting the mood and productivity of office staff. While it may seem daunting adding colour into your office, it doesn’t have to be. Here are some ideas on how to use colour in a way that will benefit you, your employees and make your office pop.

Brand Colours are a great starting point when adding colour to your workplace. The colours of your brand can really help connect staff and employees to the brand. Many companies strive to create workplaces that not only reflect their brand identity but embody the core values of the business.  Consider adding colour to the reception space, as this is the first impression clients and customers will get from a business and it can leave a lasting impact.

New or reupholstered statement furniture; Adding colour can be a whole lot more than just painting a wall. Start with the furniture!

Small pops of colour can be really effective on soft seating, sofas or ottomans. Upholstering in adventurous fabrics and colours creates a subtle touch of style. Task chairs can also be a really simple way to add colour to the office. For example, Office Furniture Warehouse has a range of office and meeting chairs that can have custom fabrics; Evo Range, Roma Range, Fila Chair to name a few.

Plants and nature walls; Adding plants and greenery can be a nice and natural way to inject colour into your work while also encouraging motivation and positivity in employees. Additionally, the University of Exeter have also proven that employees productivity jumps 15% when work environments are filled with plants, so why wouldn’t you consider adding these to your space! Plants that are easy to maintain and manage a best suited, or even nature walls. In today’s modern society, greenery and plants are an attractive attribute to potential employees

Office Partitions and screens; Screens are another simple yet effective way to add colour to your space. The colour you select can also add a sense of freshness against the surroundings of desks, computers and cables. Screens not only can add some vibrancy to your space but they will also absorb any excess noise in an open plan office if covered in acoustic material. We have a range of desk partitions that can be upholstered and covered in colours of your choice.

At Office Furniture Warehouse, we believe that the trend of adding colour to your workplace is one that is set to stay. We have a range of options to help add colour to your office, get in touch if you would like some help in choosing items for your next project. Email

2019 Office Design Trends

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

As a new wave of millennials begin to enter the workplace, they are influencing the entire workforce’s attitudes towards flexibility, mobility, sustainability and change. A shift towards Activity Based Working (ABW) means that employees are encouraged to decide how, when and where they work. In an office that means they have a choice of work settings on offer, each designed for a different task or working style. For example, collaboration zones, workstations, focus zones and booths are some of the specific areas you might find in an open plan office. These areas are facilitated by enhancing and enabling the technology in that space.

Designers have come to understand the workplace better than ever before, and as we know, the workplace now plays an integral role in the success of any business. Looking ahead to 2019, we are beginning to see designers and owners of businesses wanting to maximise and make the most of limited space, use the latest technologies, combat the open plan office so that it suits all working styles, and find unique ways to keep their employees happy and motivated.

Below we delve into some of the key trends we will begin to see in office design throughout 2019:

A ‘Social and Digital’ Office

This year we will see designers begin to incorporate new technologies into workplace furniture in order to cater to our modern lifestyles. With the increasing nature of ABW and mobile technology, designers have had to consider this shift and how it will impact furniture design.

We have moved significantly past the days where you can only search the internet at our desks and now it is more common to browse the web, stream media and work anywhere from your home, cafe or elsewhere around the globe. Since our technology is now essentially wireless, designers have more creative freedom to consider how each piece could accommodate technology. Workstations and electric sit-to-stand desks are great options to incorporate into open plan offices as they allow you to have tidy cable management and a sleek look for your laptop and electricals throughout the workday.

Incorporation of colour

We have well and truly said goodbye to dark, serious office spaces and the use of colour in the workplace is an increasingly popular trend to consider. It is a way to bring positivity and vibrancy to your office and also helps employees to be more creative and productive. You can incorporate colour in many ways in your office, whether it be a subtle touch through furniture, desk screens and artwork, or more adventurous on walls and carpets. While there are many aesthetically pleasing reasons to bring colour to the workplace, many successful businesses have begun to incorporate brand colours to portray their image or identity, and also by using colour schemes as a way of navigating your way around a building. By creating colour schemes in certain areas of your office you can indicate what type of work ‘zone’ you are in, thus being a handy trick if you're based in an open-plan office allowing you to create focus areas, collaborative areas and breakout zones all indicated by colour.

Managing the acoustics in Open-Plan offices

Much like 2018, there has been continuous talk about the open-plan office. Is it still the way forward? Some people say yes, and others are finding plenty of reasons to ‘dislike’ the open layout. Constant noise, lack of concentration, higher stress levels and a lack of privacy are a few points to note and while there are only a few major concerns, there are plenty of positives to the open-plan layout.

Throughout 2019 we are going to see a number of modifications to the open-plan office that will help combat the excess noise and concentration issues people are having. We will see more conference rooms, dedicated collaboration areas for employees to find privacy or host meetings, and furniture that allows people to have barriers such as pods and phone booths. Adding new furniture and conference rooms is a great idea, but can also be a costly one. So another addition that could be a more cost-effective way for your office to combat excess noise is by incorporating simple acoustic panels and screens, which absorb sound waves to reduce noise, clarify speech and limit reverberation in walls.

Experience-driven workplaces

As the world of office design continues to change we have undoubtedly noticed the shift from a traditional office layout to a more eccentric workplace ‘experience’. This shift stems from the desire to build a workplace where employees feel motivated, happy and valued. What this has meant for designers and employers, is that they have had to consider how to translate these values in the workplace and they now spend more time engaging with staff to define their needs and wants. It has become apparent that by incorporating functional and modern amenities such as cafes, pool tables, meditation spaces, and plenty of interesting furniture and breakout spaces, the workplace becomes a far more appealing experience and they will continue to attract and keep good staff who will thrive in that environment. By creating an ‘experience’ for staff when they come to work, you can then boost office morale, employee health and wellness, all while facilitating a creative work environment.

How to use black in your office design

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Black has been a popular colour trend in commercial design throughout 2018 and it certainly isn’t slowing down anytime soon. This trend can be seen in a variety of products from black detailing on chairs or table legs, storage, monitor arms, desk systems and breakout spaces. The dark tones create depth, add drama and help offset other colours within the space.
In a recent project with Seeka, we worked alongside Bubble Interiors to create a modern and sophisticated space with black accents throughout. In the entrance we upholstered our 'Free' chairs and soft seating in bright green and blue, creating a bold contrast to the black walls and rafters in order to make the room really pop. Black 'R2' ottomans, stools, desk legs and executive seating were used throughout the rest of the office to create cohesion, and the open plan kitchen took it to the next level with the cabinetry, benchtops, 'Tate' cafe chairs, bar stools and 'Luca' bar leaners all finished in a matte black.
These black accents have also been a feature throughout other recent projects below including, Harcourts Opotiki, Bayleys New Plymouth, Property Managers Group and Holland Beckett Rotorua.
Holland Beckett Office DesignSeeka - Tambours in office design   
Seeka - Black Office Interior Design Black Kitchen Design  

Traditionally, white office furniture and walls, along with stainless steel or chrome details have dominated office design, but black is certainly taking over, as companies become more adventurous with their space. Now don’t get me wrong, white is still a great option and can be very beautiful, however, there is something about having a drastic and intense contrast of black in a room. Below we have curated a few tips and tricks of how you could incorporate black into your next project!

1: Black furniture

  • Consider adding a black steel leg to your desks, bar leaners or coffee tables. This can create a sophisticated aesthetic for your office space. Stuck for ideas? Check out our range of cube desks and elevate desks which are all available with a black powder coated leg.
  • Incorporate black into your office space by using black storage units. Our Milano Tambour in powder coated black is minimalist, understated and sleek. For a pop of colour and greenery, accessorise this with the black planter box. Without being too in-your-face these storage units are a tidy way to file and stay organised in the office with their generous storage capacity.

2: Black feature walls

Black can be a great statement wall as a feature in any room if you compliment it well with other colours and accessories. And yes... we know you're thinking it might make the room seem smaller… well, do not worry here are some tips on how to use a black wall in any room without it feeling somewhat like a cave.

  • White floors/walls to create a contrast.
  • Use large artwork to add pops of detail and colour to the wall. 
  • Be adventurous with the colour of your furniture you are using, this will really make your black wall pop and be dramatic.

3: Black Cabinetry

  • Black cabinetry can be sleek, minimalist and dramatic if done well in any kitchen or breakout space. However, it is important to consider all aspects of the room to ensure it is done right. Things to consider are the layout, furniture, natural light, texture and shade of black you are using. We think matte black works really well in an open plan kitchen, especially when paired with black furniture and light wooden floors. Check out our project with Seeka and the Property Group for some black kitchen inspo.

5 ways to run better business meetings

Thursday, October 04, 2018

All businesses have meetings. Whether it is every day, weekly or monthly, it is important to think about how you are going to keep your employees engaged and ace them every time! Start getting creative by incorporating these five points and tick off your to-do lists faster than ever.

Office meeting spaces

  1. Be exclusive: Think about who is really essential at the meeting. Everyone is busy and therefore a business meeting isn’t something employees enjoy, so if you don’t require someone's presence, don’t waste their time. They probably have a long list of other things they need to be doing. Instead, encourage the meeting attendees to share relevant learnings and decisions with other colleagues, ensuring everyone still feels engaged and aligned with the company's vision.

  2. Stick to an agenda: Have a plan, a plan leads to productivity. Without a plan, the meeting is likely to go on longer than it should. Allocate specific time slots for each point on your agenda and encourage someone to opt-in as a timekeeper to ensure you are staying on track. Additionally, it's a great idea to send the meeting agenda out prior to the meeting. This allows staff to prepare and also think about what they can contribute to the meeting.

  3. Tell stories: Stories are easier to remember than just plain facts. Get creative with how you present your meetings and get your points across. For instance, if its figures and numbers you're discussing, create a story or assign an image that sits alongside each point to help your employees retain the information.   

  4. Change the scenery: Having your meeting in the same old meeting room can become repetitive and can hinder productivity. Staff can often check out when there is nothing to stimulate them or when they feel uncomfortable. Why not try new locations around the office? Many new office layouts are incorporating numerous informal meeting and soft seating areas to allow flexibility and diversity in where they meet. Mixing things up like this can have a real impact on productivity and break up the daily routine.

  5. Stand: Alter your meetings by having a standing meeting around a bar leaner and stool. This can keep colleagues focused and also discourages meetings from running too long. Similar to changing up your scenery, this is a great alternative to your standard meeting room and think about the health benefits!

    Meeting Room DesignStanding meetings

Changes to your workspace that could improve your productivity

Thursday, August 16, 2018

In this busy day in age, we need to ensure we are maximising our time at work and also enjoying the environment we are spending so much time in. Here are a few changes you can make to your workspace to improve your productivity:

1. Supportive Seating 

Human beings weren’t designed to sit at desks all day, but unfortunately, that’s the reality in many of our jobs, so it’s important to invest in ergonomic seating that can be adjusted to support your body shape. Some key things to look for when choosing a chair is firstly height adjustable, broad armrests that provide support for your arms whilst typing throughout the day. Another essential factor is being able to vary your seat height so you are sitting at the right height for your screen to prevent hunching and your feet should also be flat on the floor. It is recommended that your screen should be 5-8 centimetres above eye level. 

2. Screen Lighting 

The harsh glare of a computer screen can affect your circadian cycle and create a strain on the eye. To help prevent this, you can make a couple of tweaks to your settings such as the brightness of your screen and its colour temperature. Your screen should be as bright as the rest of your surrounding environment, so if it looks too bright or grey, then you may need to adjust the brightness. Along with this, blue wavelengths are often associated with eye strain, whereas longer wavelength colours such as orange and red are more pleasant for long-term usage. Your computer screen emits a lot of blue wavelengths, which can be okay during the day, but during the night it can get pretty tiring on the eyes so it is best to adjust the colour to a warmer tone.   

3. Office Lighting

Harsh fluorescent lighting is often used in workplaces which is often too bright and feels very cold. Ambient and indirect low lighting are both more comfortable and better for your eyes. Again, as with the colour temperature of a computer screen, warm “yellow” light tends to be better than “white” light. 

4. Office Noise

Often a desk is assigned to you, but if you’re lucky enough to have a choice, there are some things to consider. Work spaces will usually contain livelier spaces which can be great to discuss ideas and improve collaboration, as well as quieter corners, which allow for jobs that require certain levels of concentration. Depending on your job role, either space could hinder or enhance your productivity. Of the many things that have been shown to distract us, noise is one of the worst. So if you don't have a choice where you sit and you need a bit of quiet time, there are ways to drown out or dampen noise.  Earplugs can be used but we recommend you use some headphones (noise cancelling are the best!) with music. In fact, a number of studies have shown that classical music can actually increase productivity and even make you smarter—at least while you’re listening to it! 

5. File Organisation 

If you do not have your files and do
cuments organised in a logical and tidy way, finding them again on your computer can become quite difficult and frustrating. Taking that extra effort to give your file a proper title and putting it in the correct folder, can save you enormous amounts of time when you need to refer back to them at a later date. Backing them all up on an external storage system is also an important step in case of an unfortunate event. 

6. Notifications 

Filtering your notifications between “need to know,” “nice to know,” and “useless” will help you stay focused on what you’re doing and prevent unnecessary distractions. Choosing to receive different types of notifications via a vibration, silent pop-up or nothing at all, can easily be done through notification settings and can keep you up to speed with only what is relevant and important throughout the day. 

7. Synced Calendar

Set up a calendar system that works on all your devices, across all your necessary activities and appointments. Getting into the habit of putting all your events and deadlines onto one system will significantly reduce the chances of forgetting something, instead directing full focus towards your work.

7 exercises you can do at your desk

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Here are 7 exercises you can do while sitting at your desk, allowing you to do a workout without leaving the office! 

Calf Raises

Raise your legs up on the very tips of your toes while remaining seated. Your calf muscles should start to burn after a few seconds. Hold for ten seconds and then repeat eight times.

Typically done on the floor, you can also perform planks at your desk.
Place your hands on the edge of your desk, walk your feet backwards and position them hip width apart. Your body should form a straight line from shoulders to heels. Try holding this position for up to one minute.


Clench your buttocks and hold for ten seconds. Do five sets of eight reps. The beauty of this exercise is that you aren't getting up and no one knows that you are secretly fitting in a workout.

Arm stretches

Many arm exercises can be preformed while seated at your desk. Stretch the muscles in your right arm by reaching as far to the left as you can with your right arm, while supporting it in the crook of your left elbow and then hold it there. Feel the stretch for five seconds. Do eight reps before switching over to your left arm.

Waist rotations

Strengthen your core by rotating at the waist while remaining seated. Rotate as far to the left as you can and hold for five seconds, then repeat on the right. Complete five sets. Grab the backrest of your chair with your hands for support.


Move to the edge of your seat and lean back on the backrest. Straighten your legs and lift a few centimeters off the ground and raise your back a few centimeters off the backrest. Hold for ten seconds, you should feel a burn in your abdominal muscles. Do eight reps of 10 seconds.

Wall sit

Stand with your back against the wall with your feet shoulder-width apart
and about two feet in front of you. Bending your knees, slide your back down the wall and hold this position.

Being busy is no excuse to not exercise and stay healthy. Even if you don't have the time to exercise before or after work, there are many other ways you can incorporate movement into your daily routine. Doing regular desk exercises each day, along with getting up and walking around the office, can greatly improve health, muscle tone and strength.


6 ways to create a collaborative workspace

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Companies are constantly adapting to provide the most efficient and productive work environments for their employees.

Research has shown there is a multitude of benefits from creating a collaborative workplace, from greater employee satisfaction to increased idea generation. One of the most important outcomes is the positive effect it has on an organisation’s innovative output.

A cohesive environment is a perfect vehicle for creative thinking and idea generation. Higher levels of innovation lead to increased productivity and business growth. As a result, implementing a collaborative workplace is a must for any business looking to fully leverage the talents of its employees.

Here we share six ways you can create a collaborative workplace:

1. Encourage departments

Working with the same people day in, day out, can slow the innovation process. Having an open plan office and designing the layout to include collaboration style furniture, can help encourage engagement between teams and departments. When different departments come together, great ideas bubble to the surface with diverse strengths and perspectives working together. 

2. Lead from the top

There is nothing less motivational than a boss who remains cooped up in an office, separated from the rest of the office. It is important to remember that collaboration is not only reserved for part of the organisation. It should be adopted by every member of staff, no matter their level or job role. Visibility is key – If employees can see their managers and directors effectively collaborating then they will feel inspired to replicate this behaviour, hence improving their own productivity.

3. Positivity and rewards

Ultimately, we are only human and even the most dedicated employees need an appropriate reward if they have achieved success. Rewarding individuals can be commonplace, but don't forget to reward team efforts too. This is crucial in encouraging future collaborations, as employees will realise the benefits of working together.

4. Encourage people to socialise outside of work

We all lead busy personal lives and the thought of having a work event we are obligated to attend, can often add stress. However, socialising with co-workers outside the office is an effective way to open channels of communication, create a better understanding of each other and break down any walls of judgement or mistrust between team members. When team members learn they share common interests or challenges outside of work, they can see their team members as more human, which helps to decrease individual bias, stereotyping and false objectifying.

5. Establish a judgement-free idea-sharing culture

One obstacle that often prevents employees from putting forward their ideas, is a fear of judgement or rejection. Overcome this impediment by establishing a creative and judgement-free workplace culture, where new ideas and discussions are consistently welcome. Refrain from setting too many guidelines, as these can stifle creativity. Place an emphasis on creative freedom and valuable workplace collaborations will follow.

6. Have the right technology in place

If you are pushing to create a fully cohesive workplace culture, then you need to ensure that you have the appropriate technology in place to facilitate collaboration. Help employees do their jobs faster so they can invest more time in teamwork and innovation. Cloud-based software is increasingly popular and fast becoming the norm. Stay ahead of technological advances in order to keep your employees engaged and motivated.

Individual work will always have its place in the office, but teamwork and collaboration boost overall company success.