Are Open Offices the Answer?

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The workplace environment is one of the two top factors driving employee satisfaction (the other is corporate culture).

As more companies rush into the “open landscape” approach to workplace design, it is a good idea to step back and consider the pros and cons.

Open-Office Pros OpenOfficePlan

  • Build a sense of community
  • Encourage collaboration
  • Spur impromptu communication
  • Break down physical hierarchies
  • Provide flexibility
  • Reduce space costs

Open-Office Cons 

  • Produce noise distraction
  • Increase interruptions
  • Create a lack of privacy
  • Increase non-productive interaction
  • Impair confidential work

Like anything else, the solution must fit the situation.  Frequently, the right answer is a combination of office concepts, each matched to the work at-hand.

Want to know more?  Check out our book, The Green + Productive Workplace.

 

Bob-Best-85wBob Best is Executive VP for Technical Services with JLL, where he has worked in energy and sustainability, property management, new business development, marketing and a myriad of other areas since 1986. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, a Green Globes Professional, and co-author of The Green + Productive Workplace: The Office of the Future… Today. For Bob’s full bio, please click here

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