Whilst technology has allowed a more fluid approach to working practices, there remains a strong human need to be with like-minded people - to be part of a community. This is evidenced by the huge growth of co-working environments, giving freelancers, start-ups and entrepreneurs a sense of belonging, somewhere to take root.
This ‘need to belong’ equally applies to larger companies - it can even be seen in how large tech companies organise teams internally, into Squads, Chapters, Tribes and Guilds. It demonstrates the importance of being part of a group with shared goals.
The design of workspace can and should reinforce this; clear views across floorplates, interconnecting flexible volumes and adaptable communal areas help generate a collegiate atmosphere; the ability to benefit from a collective energy, whether you are a 5-person start-up or a 5,000-person multinational.