All kinds of books and articles have been written about building high-performing teams. But as far as we know, nothing has been written about the impact that shared work spaces have on the way teams function.
So we’re writing something new today – the first article about the stimulating effect that shared work spaces are having on team performance in KettleSpace locations!
Shared Work Spaces Build Trust
“The people who started my company trust me enough to let me work independently,” one KettleSpace Member told us recently.
People Glom Together and Discuss Things When They Need to
When something comes up that needs to be discussed, people get together and deal with it. Compare that to the way things usually happen in companies, “We are having a marketing meeting next Tuesday at 10:00 to discuss new initiatives.” Bah! It’s no wonder some companies are doing so badly.
People Get Integrated Faster and Better into Teams and Company Culture
In many companies, new employees view their work areas like foxholes. They stay put and keep their heads down until somebody invites them to stand up and look around. (Note that this is true even in companies with shared work areas.) In a shared drop-in work space, however, it’s more like, “Everybody who works for us, come over here and let’s talk about it.” The result? Teams coalesce faster and more completely.
Good Ideas Spark and Spread Faster
Free from traditional meetings, people simply come together and toss ideas around. Then those ideas go straight up to company leadership.(“Guess what we thought up this morning . . .”) In most companies, people present ideas to their bosses, who pass them up to their managers, and the whole process kind of gets bogged down.
Talent Gets Discovered Faster
In most companies, smart newcomers don’t get noticed until they speak up in a meeting or sing on karaoke night. In shared team work spaces, they jump in and get instantly integrated into their teams.
It’s Harder for Lazy Under performing People to Hide
You might think it would be easy for dud team members to hide inflexible work spaces where they can come and go. But for some reason, the opposite is true. In shared work spaces, it is easier for everyone to see when people aren’t doing much, are not pulling their weight, are disappearing for long lunches, are hiding their mistakes and waste time doing personal stuff. Perhaps it’s the heightened level of team engagement that makes laziness easier for everyone to notice.
People Connect and Get to Know Each Other Faster
Your employees establish meaningful personal connections with each other faster, because shared work spaces are inherently social places.There’s no need to go for beers after work, to wait until the summer picnic or the annual holiday party to get to know each other. Connections are happening all the time.
Funny Stuff Happens
We all know that teams become stronger when all members work incredibly hard to get something done. Okay, that’s a given. But let’s not forget that teams also happen when people laugh, make fun of each other for ridiculous mistakes, play pool or table tennis badly, spill coffee on their shirts, and do other ridiculous things that tend to get hidden in company headquarters. Funny, fun things happen in shared work spaces, with the result that stronger and happier teams form faster.
Connections to Company Outsiders Happen Organically
People from different companies get to know each other in KettleSpace locations. They share ideas, contacts and resources in ways that can never happen behind their closed company doors. It’s another reason why teams function better in shared work spaces, because they are not working in a vacuum.