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The cubicle: Space-saver or productivity-killer?

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Cubicles are ubiquitous in the modern workplace, and the space-saving (and related cost-saving) benefits are obvious. But how do cubicles – and the resulting close proximity between colleagues – impact worker productivity? JLL’s Bob Best discusses a Harvard Business Review article  by Sarah Green Carmichael that explores this phenomenon. 

The cubicle is a mainstay of modern office design – offering privacy without the expense of a private office, yet still facilitating collaboration and open communication among workers. However, in reality, working from a “cube” can breed dissatisfaction and, in some cases, even reduce worker productivity.… Read More

Three Ways to Quiet

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Noise in the workplace is one of the most common complaints from employees – and noise can have a very real impact on employee productivity.

But, it’s not that easy to just “turn down the volume.”

Fortunately, you don’t have to.

There are three ways to reduce noise as a workplace distraction:


First, reduce noise at it sources. Separate noisy areas and

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Quiet! Please!

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Bob Best
Energy and Sustainability Services

Why aren’t open offices as productive as they could be?

The main culprit is noise.

Great article by Maria Konnikova in The New Yorker (1/7/14)

“In laboratory settings, noise has been repeatedly tied to reduced cognitive performance. The psychologist Nick Perham, who studies the effect of sound on how we think, has found that office commotion impairs workers’ ability… Read More