Interaction and communication are important relationship enhancers. Having a positive relationship with your colleagues is important to achieving workplace goals. This is why pantries are usually designed with common table settings to encourage interaction during meal times. It is believed that meal bonding – done in a casual environment – can trickle to a positive relationship with co-workers, contributing to better productivity thereafter.
The importance of relationship building is carried forward today to the main office where communal workplace tables are used. Instead of pre-styled partitioned workstations, communal tables have freer boundaries and spatial restrictions. Shared tables, commonly found in restaurants and cafes, are now appearing in the general office, allowing employees more interaction and enabling them to breathe the community spirit right where they work.