Looks good, but sounds . . . loud. Read this before you wish away your cube: The drawbacks of open workspaces—desks and workstations set up without ...
Read this before you wish away your cube: The drawbacks of open workspaces—desks and workstations set up without the walls—trump the benefits, reports a recent survey by Gensler, a global design firm.
Why? Despite the recent trend toward open floor plans—Facebook plans to develop the largest one in the world—the ideal space is one that offers both offices and collaborative areas, the research found. Workers in these types of environments are 12 percent more satisfied with their jobs and 22 percent more productive than those who toil in workplaces that don’t support both.
Stuck in a setting that doesn’t work for you? If you can choose your workspace day-to-day, find one where you’re able to put your back toward the aisle, says career coach Phyllis Mufson. You’ll avoid losing your focus by facing a highly trafficked area or seeing a chatty coworker eager to catch your eye.
But if you can’t change your office habitat, consider coming in early for uninterrupted time to focus on important projects. Build momentum on tasks that matter while your workmates file in and check their emails, Mufson adds.
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