Thursday, October 26, 2017

Don’t Get Too Comfortable at That Desk

First there were individual offices. Then cubicles and open floor plans. Now, there is a “palette of places.”

New office designs are coming to a workplace near you, with layouts meant to cater to the variety of tasks required of modern white-collar workers. Put another way, it means people don’t sit in just one place.

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Source: nytimes.com

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Why We’re Never Going Back to the Traditional Office Layout

Certain things seem to go out of fashion, only to come around again: suede and velvet clothing for men, vinyl records, the underhanded free throw in basketball.

But Brian Walker, the CEO of furniture company Herman Miller, is convinced that the traditional office—with executives stuck behind closed doors and most everyone else assigned to a fixed workstation—is gone for good.

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Source: CapitalandMain.com

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Why You Can Focus in a Coffee Shop but Not in Your Open Office

A few years ago, during a media interview for one of my books, my interviewer said something I still ponder often. Ranting about the level of distraction in his open office, he said, “That’s why I have a membership at the coworking space across the street — so I can focus.”

While I fully support the backlash against open offices, the comment struck me as odd. After all, coworking spaces also typically use an open office layout.

But I recently came across a series of studies examining the effect of sound on the brain that reveals why his strategy works.

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Source: hbr.org

Monday, October 23, 2017

6 Office Design Trends Taking the Workplace by Storm

Next to the rise of flexible work hours, remote work, and modern technology, office design has undergone significant changes. These changes have opened up the door to a whole new area of how the workplace looks and functions. This includes open-plan layouts, coworking spaces, ergonomic workstations, and the like. In this article, we are going to discuss some of the most popular office design trends that millennials have brought about.

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Source: MillennialMagazine.com