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Is an Open Office Concept Right for You?

Apr 20, 2016 3:09:44 PM

The open office concept has been around for a long time. Industrialists like Frederick Taylor and Henry Ford popularized the efficient floor plan in the early 20th century. Later, the increase of knowledge workers brought about an evolution where open plans included cubicles and panels. Mobile technology now allows workers to be nomadic. Instead of "owning" a specific workstation, some coworkers share space as they are in and out of the office. At one time, even the mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, promoted an open plan to signal his accessibility, encourage collaboration and promote a more egalitarian workplace.

But the open office concept has received pushback recently. In Susan Cain's popular TED talk, she spoke for many introverts who find open offices challenging.

Now, most of us work in open plan offices, without walls, where we are subject to the constant noise and gaze of our coworkers

Introverts aren't the only ones complaining. Many of us need focus time during the day away from distractions and interruptions. So, is the open office concept right for you and your office? Here are a few tips to help you answer that question.

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Topics: Brody WorkLounge, glass-front offices, office layouts, office floor plans, open office concept

Put the “General” Back in “General Contracting”

Mar 1, 2016 4:08:38 PM

A few years ago, I heard George W. Bush’s Chief of Staff Andrew Card speak.  The way he described his job responsibility really resonated with me. He mentioned, ”I didn't want him [Pres. Bush] worried about the details or small things. I wanted him focused so he could make big decisions. Not hungry, angry, or tired because I didn't want him to make a decision in that state of mind.”

This is a lesson for those of us in construction-related fields. If you're a general contractor, you have a big picture to manage. Getting into the weeds will wreck your productivity and your ability to produce a happy client.  You can’t get caught in the details, but how do you get the job done?

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Topics: glass-front offices, architectural solutions, raco walls

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