5 Open Office Design Ideas for Every Industry

Posted by Dan Johnstone on Apr 23, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Some companies never consider the possibility of an open office design because they feel it wouldn’t suit their business. Professionals in certain industries have ignored this potentially beneficial office upgrade, in large part because it’s considered “untraditional,” or they fear the shake-up would cause more harm than good. The truth is though, open office design can work for just about every business –– in every industry. And while we can’t cover every single profession in this blog post, today we’ll highlight five open office design ideas that can improve any workspace:

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Topics: Open Offices

Should Benching be Included in Your Office Design?

Posted by Dan Johnstone on Aug 11, 2017 11:30:00 AM

In the world of sports, “benching” happens when a player earns the ire of his or her coach and is told to take a seat vs. get in the game. Fortunately, things are a lot less confrontational and controversial in the office design world!

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What is Authenticity-Centered Office Design?

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Jul 18, 2017 11:00:00 AM

On today’s business landscape, it is common to hear businesses of all sizes — from small startups to large enterprises — emphasize their commitment to “authenticity.” For example, they tout their systems, practices, protocol and policies that support transparency, visibility, fairness, ethics, employee engagement, environmental responsibility, and giving back to the community.

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Topics: Open Offices, Collaborative Workspace

4 Ways to Optimize an Open Office Design

Posted by Dan Johnstone on Jun 9, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Open offices might be the most polarizing concept in the office design world. Some businesses love the approach and point to numerous advantages. However, some other businesses are left scratching their heads wondering where all of the benefits are and what the hype was all about.

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Topics: Office Design, Open Offices

4 Office Design Tips to Improve Employee Communication & Collaboration

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Jun 2, 2017 11:30:00 AM

While effective and efficient employee communication and collaboration has always been important, on today’s relentlessly fast-changing business landscape, it’s more vital than ever. Indeed, today’s robust game plan often becomes tomorrow’s agile workaround, and the only thing that all project managers know for certain before an initiative kicks off is “to expect the unexpected.”

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Topics: Office Design, Collaborative Workspace, Open Offices

5 Ways to Brighten Up Your Window-Less Office Design

Posted by Dan Johnstone on May 19, 2017 11:30:00 AM

It is well-known that letting natural sunlight flow into an office environment boosts employee health and increases employee productivity — both of which are important for everything from recruitment and retention, to revenues and profits.

However, the fact remains that not every office can reap the benefits of natural sunlight, simply because windows are not an option, either architecturally or because it would be cost prohibitive. If this is the case with your current environment, then the good news is that you (and your employees) do not have to pine for illumination. Here are five practical and cost-effective ways to brighten up your window-less office design:

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Topics: Open Offices

The Pros and Cons of Hot Desking

Posted by Dan Johnstone on Feb 23, 2017 11:30:00 AM

One of the most innovative office design ideas in recent years is known as “hot desking.” No, this doesn’t involve desks mysteriously disappearing from one day to the next and showing up for sale on Craigslist. And for shivering employees who work in cold offices: sorry, this has nothing to do with temperature, either.

Rather, hot desking is when employees do not have assigned workstations or cubicles, and can therefore work anywhere they wish -- provided, of course, that space is available. As you might expect or have experienced, there are some pros and cons to this office design, and we highlight some of these below.

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Topics: Open Offices

3 Tips to Make Your Open Office Design More Productive & Profitable

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Feb 9, 2017 2:00:00 PM

A growing number of organizations of all sizes – from small businesses to large enterprises – have implemented, or are thinking/planning of implementing, an open office design. This is a layout in which employees are co-located in a shared space and environment.

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How to Make an Open Office Design More Private

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Nov 28, 2016 11:30:00 AM

A handful of years ago, many organizations – Google being the most notable among them – implemented what has now become known as an “open office design.” As the term suggests, this layout minimizes or eliminates cubicles and other traditional barriers between employees and teams, in favor of large, singular space that promotes interaction, communication and collaboration.

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3 Principles of Modern Office Design

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Sep 30, 2016 11:30:00 AM

In the past, the primary consideration for workplace design was functionality. That is, as long as the space was secure and people had enough space (however barely in some cases!) to get their work done, then spending time and resources on design was seen as purely an esthetic exercise. My, how times have changed!

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Topics: Open Offices, Office Renovation