Walk & Talk: Pioneering a new open workspace for Colorado

Colorado Digital Transformation Officer Brandon Williams takes the walk and talk series inside and shows off the state IT agency's new open workspace.

Editor’s Note: Since May 2017, Brandon Williams, Colorado’s Digital Transformation Officer, has been publishing videos in which he “walks and talks” with his colleagues at the Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology. In June 2017, StateScoop and OIT partnered to give the series a home on StateScoop. The posts are also available on OIT’s blog , and via a YouTube playlist .

Today, I switch Walk & Talk up by taking it indoors.

I promise its not a bad weather cop-out. Instead, today’s Walk & Talk is with Enterprise Application Manager Chuck Busch who shows us the new digs at our headquarters office.

We’re going from cube farm to collaboration. This move enables the Governor’s Office of Information Technology to create a unique workspace for its employees in order to increase efficiency, creativity, information sharing and the use of our existing square footage.

We kicked off the transformation after we moved into new offices with open space furniture in an existing downstairs office. After seeing how the employees reacted, we decided to try to bring the change upstairs to a bigger portion of the OIT workforce. The open workspace downstairs has resulted in an increased collision — or members of other teams and other subject areas coming together, sharing ideas and tackling new projects.

Since making the move, Chuck told us we’ve been able to increase the space for staff to sit among their team members. In addition, we also rolled out separate unique workspaces to meet the needs of employees who don’t quite need a full conference room but still need a collaborative space.

If you’re interested in doing a Walk & Talk in your state or local government, contact Jake Williams, StateScoop’s Associate Publisher and Director of Strategic Initiatives here .

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