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Building integrity: Sustainability, workplace productivity and ethics

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Winston Churchill once noted, “We shape our workplaces and thereafter, they shape us.” Some 50 years after his death, Churchill’s insight has implications for the sustainability field. The design and use of commercial office space influence a host of sustainability topics, including ethics, employee well-being, engagement and worker productivity.

It comes as no surprise that a successful sustainability strategy rests in large part on the built environment. The statistic that approximately 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions are produced by buildings is a clarion call for corporate citizens to attend to their bricks and mortar. Traditionally, we have focused on how we can reduce our footprint through more efficient use of energy and disposal of waste, and the payback statistics are now irrefutable.

However, a best-in-class approach suggests there is more to be gained when you leverage the workplace as an ally. The way we design, develop and operate the workplace have profound impacts on our hand-print: the people side of the sustainability equation.

Workplace design influences ethical behavior
In a recent JLL study, 64% of respondents said that workplace surroundings influence the ethical environment, and 81% believe that open office plans generally promote improved behaviors when compared to individual office plans. … Read More

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
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