Have you heard about the open-office design model? Perhaps you work in one already.
Many offices are implementing this design in order to create a modern and spacious work environment with the hopes of improving team collaboration and communication, but are managing to achieve the opposite.
In the Washington Post, Lindsey Kaufman wrote a personal essay noting her experience with working in an open-office work space and how she herself did not receive the change well. She speaks of her view on the open-office design and the new distractions that limited her productivity. While these distractions may have less to do with how an office is designed and more about the lack of corporate etiquette between coworkers, those habits are only increased when in an open-office environment.
As an employer, switching your introverted employees from working in seclusion to open-environments may not prove as productive as hoped. Workers become tired and irritable when they’re constantly distracted while trying to accomplish their work. However, extroverted individuals may prefer working in the open-office situation where communication can casually flow free. Is there a solution that doesn’t involve working in a maze of cubicles like it’s the 1980’s or a spacious warehouse that lacks privacy?
What needs to be done is a balance of both seclusion and open-environments. The ability to create an environment where it’s clear that employees are serious about their work, but still open to collaboration, signals to potential clients—and potential talent—that yours is a company that thinks in innovative ways but still generates active results.
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