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Has Your Office Gone to the Dogs? Mind your Open Office Manners!

Posted by Mary Talley on May 31, 2018

Topics: Flexible Workspace, Open Office Design, Collaborative Workspaces

 

By Mary Talley, Senior Analyst

It’s time for a few more friendly reminders from Miss Open Office Manners. In this installment, I discuss dogs in the open office, dressing for the open office, and open office wellness rooms. Enjoy.

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Flexible Workplaces – A Great Recruiting Tool

Posted by Donna Chaney on Jan 11, 2018

Topics: Flexible Workspace, Mobile Workforce Solutions, Telework, Telecommuting Policy, Home Office

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By Donna Chaney, Senior Consultant

Employee mobility, telework, and flexible workspaces have been on the rise for the past decade (at least), and for good reason. These arrangements offer many benefits – enhanced collaboration opportunities, easier interaction among co-workers and managers, reduced space and facility costs, and increased employee satisfaction and work-life balance. But another benefit of flexible work offices is one that may not be immediately obvious. The ability to accommodate a range of work options and styles is a powerful recruiting tool, especially with professionals who may value flexibility and innovative office spaces over traditional work benefits.

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Dear Miss Open Office Manners, Part 3

Posted by Mary Talley on Nov 10, 2017

Topics: Flexible Workspace, Open Office Design, Collaborative Workspaces


By Mary Talley, Senior Analyst

Following up on the success of my second Miss Open Office Manners column, here are a few more letters and my responses. Enjoy.

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To Open Office … Or Not to Open Office (with heartfelt apologies to Shakespeare)

Posted by Donna Chaney on Sep 21, 2017

Topics: Flexible Workspace, Open Office Design, Space Transition, Collaborative Workspaces

 

By Donna Chaney, Senior Consultant

Open workplaces are all over the place these days and with elements like employee work lounges, collaboration pods, and even nap rooms, what’s not to like! Yet despite all the benefits of open offices (and the many innovative concepts), there are just as many criticisms of this type of layout. This got me thinking – why do open offices work for some organizations and not others? And is the pendulum swinging back in the other direction, towards a more traditional layout? Will the walls that have been torn down be going back up before long?

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An Open Office Design Can Provide Privacy: Fact or Fiction?

Posted by Danny Rupp on Aug 31, 2017

Topics: Flexible Workspace, Open Office Design, Space Transition, Mobile Workforce Solutions, Collaborative Workspaces

By Danny Rupp, Web Developer/Architectural Designer

Several years ago, I worked on a survey of employees for an organization, including a number of lawyers. Nearly unanimously, their replies indicated that they could not work in an open office because they required privacy for their jobs. That certainly seems reasonable. After all, there’s a lot of occupations, lawyers included, that require privacy or private spaces to function. Or so I thought, anyway, until I started working recently with a space transition team that helps organizations move from traditional offices into mobile and open office space with the goal of reducing the amount of space required per person. This experience has changed my opinion on this issue. I firmly believe that you can absolutely get privacy in an open office. Let’s talk about how.

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Dear Miss Open Office Manners, Take 2

Posted by Mary Talley on Aug 24, 2017

Topics: Flexible Workspace, Open Office Design, Collaborative Workspaces

By Mary Talley, Senior Analyst

I had an interesting conversation last week with a friend who works in an open office. Her coworker apparently marinates herself in perfume that smells like buttered popcorn and coconut before coming into the office. So I decided that now is the time to follow up on my first workplace manners column, pronto. Here are some letters and my responses. Enjoy.

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Low-Cost Office Makeovers: Redesign on a Dime!

Posted by Donna Chaney on Jun 29, 2017

Topics: Flexible Workspace, Open Office Design, Space Transition, Mobile Workforce Solutions

By Donna Chaney, Senior Consultant

Furniture Concept Illustrations by Susan L. Ruby

 

Office renovation projects are a great opportunity to transform a traditional office into a modern, updated office that provides new ways to work and collaborate. But what if you don’t have the time or money for a major space transition project? Or what if you’re not sure the commitment and effort are right for your organization? Then this is the blog for you! Following are easy office makeover projects that don’t require a big budget or a major effort.

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We Won't Get Cubed Again: The History of the Open Office

Posted by Ted Prestogeorge on May 11, 2017

Topics: Flexible Workspace, Open Office Design, Collaborative Workspaces

By Ted Prestogeorge, Senior Architect

With the rise in the popularity of trendy open offices, you may feel like you’re on the bleeding edge of the latest architectural style that will disappear as soon as another idea comes along. But the open office design isn’t a new concept at all. In fact, it’s been around for over a century.

It all started with the expansion of industrialism in the early 20th century, when many companies in both the manufacturing and white collar service sectors began to focus on speeding up productivity at work. The open office plan was both the fuel and the vehicle for change.

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Is Vacant Space an Undiscovered Asset in your Office?

Posted by Keith Fentress on Mar 9, 2017

Topics: Flexible Workspace, Open Office Design, Space Reduction and Utilization

By Danny Rupp, Web Developer/Architectural Designer

Are you aware of how much vacant space you are currently paying for in your office? You may occasionally walk around and notice one or two empty offices or workstations and not think much of it. But if you add up all the vacant spaces on one floor, or even across multiple floors in a building, you might be surprised by exactly how much space is sitting there gathering dust. You may be expending valuable resources to support vacant space that is giving nothing back, and that could be utilized much more efficiently in an open office design.

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Resistance to Change: The Open Office Space Transition Tug-Of-War

Posted by Keith Fentress on Sep 22, 2016

Topics: Flexible Workspace, Open Office Design

By Alison Jones, Lead Consultant

Any manager overseeing a space transition project will have battle stories to share. There will be many different experiences, and many different outcomes. However, there is one common experience every manager going through the space transition process will share – dealing with resistance to change. This article offers some guiding principles for success.

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