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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


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...


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...

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I had a bit of a eureka moment recently. I was talking to someone whose agency was in the process of transitioning to an open office environment. She said that the new space was nice, but that people did not seem to know how to behave in such an environment. For example, people would talk so loudly...



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.