Cross my way
Magazine Contact #13
This networking idea is actually the main reason why employees still (have to) come to the office – many people can “just” work somewhere else, thanks to mobile information and communication technology. Modern businesses today specifically promote encounters as a purposeful tool. The spontaneous exchange of ideas doesn’t only have a positive effect on work flow, but also improves social contacts and encourages motivation. These encounters take place more and more frequently in so-called crossways and not only in traditional conference rooms.
Crossways are places where spontaneous communication can be initiated and encouraged through targeted planning. The most suitable zones are places within a company that are not often used and can be adapted as an in-house meeting point by choosing the appropriate furnishings. These locations might be connecting corridors and other crossways in foyers, central areas or atriums. The scope for their design is enormous; barstools or smaller seating groups foster interim discussions. Standing-height tables can be supplied with electricity for the use of notebooks and other mobile electronic devices, which makes them also convenient for external coworkers without a fixed office workstation.
The benefits that a lively and informal exchange contribute to a company cannot be estimated highly enough. Powers of innovation and creativity benefit where employees are given lots of excellent opportunities for spontaneous encounters and talks. In this way, well-planned crossways and meeting points promise more success than many a complicated and expensive team-building strategy.