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