The homes in the neighborhood had lovely front porches where people in the neighborhood would gather and talk. It brought the neighbors together and created a community. The woman sharing the stories talked about how much she enjoyed porching with her neighbors.
It got me thinking about my own neighborhood. The homes are designed with no front porches. The most prominent feature is the garage—a convenient feature for quickly opening the door, pulling in and closing it. But, the design doesn’t facilitate communicating with neighbors.
The same thing can be seen in businesses. Some are designed to facilitate communicating with co-workers. Others are designed to keep people apart. For businesses to be healthy, there have to be built in mechanisms that are designed to get people talking.
How is your business designed? Should you have more porching in yours?