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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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Who’s the Boss in Your Open Office?

Posted by Keith Fentress on Apr 5, 2018

Topics: Open Office Design, open office

 

By Keith Fentress, Executive Consultant

I was recently visiting a client in an open office setting. She was giving me a tour of their newly designed space and led me to the workstation she reserved for the day. It was a standard open office workstation with a decent-sized work surface, large monitor, and a place for her to plug in a laptop and cell phone. She then said, “My manager’s workstation is over there.” Her manager’s workstation looked exactly the same as hers. “What’s the difference between a regular workstation and a manager workstation,” I asked? She replied, “Managers have permanent workstations and do not have to reserve them in advance.” I thought to myself, “Wow, times have changed.”

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Open Offices Can Cause Anxiety - What Can Be Done?

Posted by Keith Fentress on Jan 25, 2018

Topics: Open Office Design, Space Transition Design Psychology, open office

 

By Keith Fentress, Executive Consultant

The open office has been heralded as a modern office layout that promotes collaboration, innovation, and a more flexible workplace. But is there a downside? The answer is yes – open offices can also promote anxiety.

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Open Office Design in Cities Left Behind

Posted by Alan Ruby on Dec 7, 2017

Topics: Open Office Design, Space Transition, Facility and Architectural Studies

 

By Alan Ruby, Senior Architect

Do all urban areas offer the same potential for applying open office concepts? Or could the urban success gap be a limitation? This article explores those questions and offers some insight to help derive answers. But first, let’s consider the urban success gap.

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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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Which Management Style is Best for the Open Office Environment?

Posted by Pam Kendall on Jul 27, 2017

Topics: Open Office Design, Space Transition, Collaborative Workspaces

 

 By Pam Kendall, Senior Analyst

Change can be a terrifying word to some people. It doesn’t matter if it’s something small, such as changing your diet and trying to eat a little healthier, or something big like packing up your family, moving to a different state, and changing jobs. Change is difficult. And change management can be formidable. Especially when it comes to managing an open office space transition project.

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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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