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How to Design a Collaborative Environment Steve Jobs Would Approve of

December 5, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Jeffrey Rodman / Fast Company

He knew how to design devices, no doubt about that. But Steve Jobs's talent for making user-friendly, intuitive technology didn't end at the iPhone. He had a gift for helping people interact as well, which is central to understanding the modern office and workplace of the future. He understood that today's generation needs spaces that foster transparency and offer environments where the separation of work and home life is not so different.

Walter Isaacson, a Jobs biographer, writes in his new book The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution that Jobs knew how impromptu conversations and other casual and collaborative gatherings nurture creativity and spark innovation.

His design principles offer a guide for any company looking to maximize the potential of its workspace to promote creativity, encourage productivity, and improve employee satisfaction. But organizations need one more element in plans to optimize their workspaces and prepare for the future of work: if they want to collaborate, they need the technology that will facilitate that collaboration.

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