OpenOffice

Why You Can Focus in a Coffee Shop but Not in Your Open Office

A few years ago, during a media interview for one of my books, my interviewer said something I still ponder often. Ranting about the level of distraction in his open office, he said, “That’s why I have a membership at the coworking space across the street — so I can focus.”<p>While I fully support the …

The Workplace

Culture Myth #1: Open Office Equates To Open Culture

Today's offices are open with no cabins or cubicles. Typical belief is that having an open office space equates to open culture. It is also believed …

The Workplace

How Small Workplace Changes Can Make a Big Impact on Your Employees' Productivity

A company added more space to its office and saw its turnover rate fall by 45 percent in a year.<p>Triangle Pest Control's original workspace was a 2,000-square-foot garage housing 25 people -- the technicians who did the bug control work, as well as all the sales and support staffers. It was hard for …

The Workplace

From Cubicles to Hot-Desks, Here Are the Origins of the Open-Plan Office

Some love them, some loath them: open-plan office spaces are either conducive to conversation and collaboration or nothing more than noisy …

The Workplace

Can't Concentrate in Your Open Office? Try These 3 Things.

Workplace cubicles are fading into the past..<p>Workplace cubicles are fading into the past; no longer do they box in our creativity or compartmentalize our freedom. Now, we have the opportunity to work more closely with our peers. The knowledge-sharing economy has upended our traditional offices in …

The Workplace

The origins of our open office hellscape

We all know open offices are awful. How did we get here?<p>Open offices promote synergistic idea sharing in a modern, interactive space. Just kidding: They’re terrible.<p>How exactly did we get the modern open office? The history of this strange social experiment is a timeless tale of good intentions …

Frank Lloyd Wright

The Biggest Wins (and Mistakes) You Can Make In Your Office Design

Whether you're a startup or an established brand, follow these do's and don'ts when outfitting your work space.<p>With the onslaught of open office trend articles and and latest technologies, sometimes we forget what makes a great, classic, authentic office design. The deeper foundations of company …

The Workplace

Our Open-Plan Office Failed, So We’re Moving to a Towering Panopticon

Dear Bubble App Team Members,Good news! In response to your “concerns” about our current open-plan creative campus, we are pleased to announce our …

British Philosophy

A research roundup to show that your office layout is toxic (and some tips for making it better)

Disproving widespread myths about workplace design<p><i>Kimball International by the</i> <i>BOSTI Associates</i><i>, 2001</i><p><b>Summary</b><p>BOSTI specializes in analyzing businesses …

The Workplace

Game-changing multitasking tips from people who work 80-hour weeks

Some people dread the idea of multitasking at work, or juggling more than one ball in the proverbial air. But others make multitasking at work look …

Productivity

Shanghai Sunrise Polymer Material Office / CCDI GW Design

<i>From the architect.</i> This is a story about how to create a chemical space. The company is originally located in Shanghai Xuhui functional materials …

This Customizable Partition Lets You Reclaim Privacy in Your Open Office

Veil can suit the needs of any space<p>Like it or not, the open floor plan has become a staple of growing startups and other creativity-oriented office spaces. But those seeking to shut out distractions or escape the oppressive gaze of their coworkers have had few ways to fight back. Luckily, one …

Condé Nast

Sweet Dreams: Inside Casper's Cozy Office, Complete With Nap Pods

With its open office plan, rooftop space and mattresses everywhere, Casper's office is all about comfort.<p>In most workplaces, taking a nap in a common area would get you fired. But not at Casper. In the mail-order mattress brand’s New York headquarters, its premier product is front and center in …

The Workplace

Open Plan Offices Don't Have to Suck: Learn From Past Mistakes

Soon after Xpertdoc moved into a new headquarters outside of Montreal, a salesperson received a call from a customer about an issue they were having …

The Workplace

A Stanford professor says, at the rate things are going, workplaces will only get more toxic in the future

No office is perfect.<p>Maybe you some of your coworkers are jerks. Perhaps your building has such intense AC that it feels like you're hunkered down in an eternal winter.<p>Unfortunately, some rising trends seem sure to make the office a less pleasant place to be in the future.<p>At least, that's the view …

Business

Want Productive, Creative Employees? Introduce A "Third Place" In The Office

Human beings crave a location between the office and home where they can escape to do their best creative work.<p>In the last 20 years, the concept of going to coffee shops or cafs to get some work done as well as hang out and get your morning caffeine fix has become ubiquitous to the culture of an …

The Workplace

​How to Design Acoustics for a Noisy Open Office Plan

<i>In line with our</i> <i>new content direction</i><i>, Architizer is highlighting a different building-product and how to specify it. This week’s topic is Acoustic Panels. If you’re looking for the perfect acoustic panels for your next project, search for them on Source, Architizer’s new network marketplace for</i> …

The Workplace

This Calendar Hack Saves Me Hours Per Week

Need to take control of your calendar? This hack is simple to implement.<p>The average person spends 4-5 hours per week scheduling meetings. For some, that is 10% of your workweek. This is related to just scheduling meetings not actually holding the meetings! The problem - the back and forth planning. …

Time Management

71% of millennials choose their jobs based on the office space

Capital One’s Work Environment Survey— carried out by Wakefield Research— was recently released, showing that office configuration and format holds a …

The Workplace

Open office or private office? It depends

Whenever we write about open offices, I get serious pushback from writers of words and writers of code, who complain that they work better in private …

Sustainability

ANDERGASSEN URTHALER HOUSE BY ANDERGASSEN URTHALER

The Andergassen Urthaler House By Andergassen Urthaler ($NFS) is located in South Tyrol-North Italy on an extremely steep slope. The goal of this …

Architecture

Modern Offices Are Replacing The Conference Room With These Three Designs

With the rise of collaboration in the office, we should rethink the conference room and introduce alternative solutions.<p>After the news about Apple's employees threatening to quit their jobs instead of work in their new Apple Park campus, it's safe to conclude we have reached peak open-office …

The Workplace

Some Apple employees may quit over new ‘open’ office floor plan

Construction at Apple Park, the tech giant’s new “spaceship” headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., is projected to be completed by the end of this year. The $5 billion campus is to be a state-of-the-art facility, boasting the latest in energy efficiencies, green technologies, a 100,000 square foot …

Apple Park

5 Changes Every Startup Needs to Make in the Next 5 Years to Survive

And most of them are simple.<p>When did the term Millennial become negative? When did my generation become associated with avocados? Seems odd. But I do like them. They're a superfood.<p>Like with any generation reaching a place of impact in the workforce we've had growing pains. Put this article in a …

The Workplace

10 things you’ll wish you had known about your new job

Take these steps, or you may experience buyer’s remorse<p>There are obvious things that people focus on when deciding whether or not to accept a job …

Employment

These 10 Office Catch-Phrases Will Drive Your Coworkers Absolutely Insane

When Jean-Paul Sartre said "hell is other people," he probably didn't have white board meetings and 80 message long email threads in mind. Still, he …

Personal Finance

Apple employees are "in revolt" over open offices. Really?

<b>They may be giving up four walls, but they are getting a lot in return.</b><p>According to Apple expert John Gruber of Daring Fireball, a lot of Apple …

Sustainability

Apple employees reportedly unhappy with open office plan at Apple Park

Even though Apple Park, also known as the Spaceship, is not scheduled to be completed until the end of 2017, most of the construction is done. In …

Apple Park

Apple staffers reportedly rebelling against open office plan at new $5 billion HQ

The company has spent more than six years planning and building Apple Park to precise specifications. From a 100,000-square-foot fitness and wellness …

Technology

Prosecco Pong Is Officially the Classiest Drinking Game Around

/ @takeittocourt<br>Updated on2017-08-08<p>Ever have one of those moments, staring at the computer screen in your cubicle (or, more likely, shared open …

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