By: Julie Knight Companies are realizing that if they can help their employees find the right environment to congregate then ideas might begin to develop. Firms are thinking up new ways to create interaction between their employees with varying skills which can lead to new solutions as well as better workplace relationships. And research has shown that having employees work in close proximity to each other stimulates collaboration. So the more times you see a colleague the more likely you will begin a valuable conversation. One company is stepping up this idea and allotting their workers to only 110 square feet of workstation and another firm is creating much smaller break rooms in order to force people to run into each other. Other companies are installing digital games in break rooms and elevators to help eliminate the awkward silences or adding lunch partner kiosks to help pair employees with common interests to have lunch together. The idea is to promote programs that will help individuals come together and share ideas that do not ordinarily interact during their business week. These creations do not have to break the company wallet. National Public Radio has held six Serendipity Days in which a group of their employees from varying departments get together and think up new ideas and new projects over a short period of time. Creating purpose driven collaboration should not be about chance encounters in the worksplace!