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Office communities: The rise of neighbours as business partners

We’ve long been sharing office buildings among multiple businesses in Australia, but there’s recently been a more dramatic shift to symbiotic tenancy – where co-located companies are now more likely than ever to help each other with work and projects.

Offices with design tenants are now being marketed at digital agencies, retail hubs are now appearing with clusters of similar businesses working together.

Sometimes today it’s less about competition, and more about ‘better together’.

Supporting this approach requires a flexible workspace – which can easily be adapted to fit a number of extra hands at any given time.

Here are some A1 Office tips that can help you think about the way you re-shape your space to be more neighbourly.

Invest in bench desks

Long desks that can run the length of a number of workspaces are key to designing for businesses with high and low employee flow. Dotted with power points for BYO devices, the bench desk can easily reduce and expand to fit your freelancers and neighbours. A1 Office recently delivered a flexible bench desk solution for Hub24 in Sydney.

See our Hub 24 design and fit-out project

The practical nook

Sometime chill-out zone, sometime work zone, the nook can become a useful casual workstation for an itinerant workforce. The key is to ensure seating is at a suitable height for a slimline desk to be slipped in, with appropriate power point access, too. Remember ergonomics, and keep chairs straight-backed.

The tech-ready meeting room

When partnering with other businesses and freelancers on a project, it’s likely that they sometimes won’t be able to make a meeting due to their other project and freelance commitments.

A video conference-ready meeting room can quickly bring dispersed team members together. Skype for business is a popular solution, ready for any meeting room smart screen. Your whole team can be together with the click of a link. Record meetings, share your screen, and annotate PowerPoint for real-time collaboration with up to 250 people. Use whiteboard, polls, Q&A, and built-in IM during your business meetings to make them more productive.

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