Categories Creative Office Spaces, Narrative, Open Offices

Piling On

I’m adding to my narrative two weeks ago (click here to read) on the effects of open office plans.  Today is not about the science but rather the complaining and emotional impact on employees after moving to open office space.  I’m not taking a side, rather just piling on more information from two weeks ago.    Workers … Continue reading Piling On

Categories Creative Office Spaces, Narrative, Open Offices

Open Plans Kill Productivity

In my ongoing effort to explore both sides of the open office vs. traditional office debate, here are some thoughts based on science.  The Journal of Environmental Psychology jumped into the fray and came out with a huge study (40k+ workers and over 300 companies).  What did they find out?   — Closed offices outperformed open … Continue reading Open Plans Kill Productivity

Categories Architecture, Creative Office Spaces, Design, Narrative, Open Offices

Exposed Ceilings Are Cool But Not Cheap

Exposed ceilings are all the rage, but users pay a price for this look. Most of our clients think it’s less expensive to just demo the ceiling and have a cool open space.  Not so fast.   Here are some of the additional costs that come with an exposed ceiling: – Re-running electrical cabling and HVAC … Continue reading Exposed Ceilings Are Cool But Not Cheap

Categories Narrative, Open Offices

Working Remotely

There is such freedom in working remotely.  But, as is the case with everything, there is a dark side.  People who get to work remotely have flexibility and save time from not having to commute. But are these benefits worth the stress? Remote workers also deal with the following:    –          Feeling disconnected from their team.  And … Continue reading Working Remotely

Categories Creative Office Spaces, Narrative, Open Offices, Tech Industry

World’s Smartest Building

Sustainability is a huge priority for many in commercial real estate these days. The movement towards green, sustainable buildings has opened the doors for new innovations. The below article highlights a building in Amsterdam that received the highest score for sustainability in the world from BREEAM, the world’s leading assessment for sustainable buildings. Even more exciting for … Continue reading World’s Smartest Building

Categories Creative Office Spaces, Design, Narrative, Open Offices

Boosting Productivity in the Office

Workspace design continues to be a hot topic. Last week, I talked about the huge issues that come with open design that we are now discussing with all of our clients. Below my comments is an infographic on a survey that Cort Furniture compiled on workplace trends. I follow it up with a bonus article on how designers are … Continue reading Boosting Productivity in the Office

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