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Flexibility is Important for Office Redesign
and Worker Happiness
FROM the EDITOR
Think about how you work best. If you’re like me,
there is no one right answer. It depends on the task.
Sometimes I need a private, quiet space to conduct an
interview. Other times I need to have other creatives
accessible to me so we can brainstorm and bounce ideas off one
another. And when I’m doing administrative tasks, I’m fine with
music playing or people chatting in the background.
A recent survey by Staples Business Advantage found that people want work options and flexibility
to be productive. Workers in the common open-office design find it more collaborative but also more
distracting than working in a closed office.
Many offices are now redesigning with flexibility in mind. Popular now are rooms of various sizes,
from small nooks or “phone booths” to cafeterias with seating to accommodate both large groups and
intimate gatherings at mealtime and beyond. You will find examples of furniture that can be moved,
manipulated and configured in different ways. Common among office redesigns is the ability for people
to work in a way that best suits them and their task.
Throughout the projects we highlight in this issue, you will see how various options are letting
employees decide what environment works for them. You will find a focus on flexibility in all four of the
sections of our Office and Interiors feature, broken down by:
n Collaborative spaces and meeting rooms
n Individual workspaces and privacy
n Wellness and health amenities
n Cafes and breakrooms
Turn to page 22 to find out about these projects, learn about office design trends and find out how
you can implement changes to your own space. And go online to bit.ly/2qyHe6m to see even more
beautiful images of these projects.
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Valerie Dennis Craven
Editor in Chief