Are employees rebelling against your open office? If you’re flooded with complaints about
privacy, noise, thermal comfort, storage, and lighting,
take a hard look at how well your layout is working.
Keeping employees relegated to cube farms can
cut off collaboration, but a monolithic bullpen can
drown workers in a sea of distractions. Firms have
come to realize that workers need options for where
with no cubicle walls
allow periodic collaboration at the Cleveland
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A PLACE for SOLO TIME
and how they tackle their to-do list. If employees are
expected to perform a variety of tasks, they need
diverse spaces to switch gears.
Stations for focused work, nooks for solitude, and
sheltered retreats can help employees preserve their
concentration. It’s all about giving workers the flexibility to move around the office and find a spot that
CBRE’S CHICAGO OFFICE FEATURES the “Office for a Day” concept – employees can reserve enclosed spaces about two weeks in
advance for upcoming heads-down work. One-person focus rooms
with height-adjustable desks are also popular and available on a
first-come, first-serve basis, notes Damla Gerhart, managing director within CBRE’s Workplace Strategy Consulting group.
Additionally, the offices are split up into individual neighborhoods for various departments, with each neighborhood housing
a mix of space types. This layout helped reassure employees concerned about the office’s lack of assigned seating.
“If you’re in the finance department, for example, you have a
designated neighborhood on a certain part of the floor. When you
get to that neighborhood, you can have a sit-stand space out in the
open, you can reserve an office for a day, or you can use one of the
focus rooms,” explains Meredith Bell, senior associate within CBRE’s
Workplace Strategy Consulting group. “You may not be in the same
seat every day, but you’re in the same area as your team.”
Employees who forget to reserve a space can get help from a
three-person concierge team that assists with booking, document
digitization, and more.