Office space designed to support employee productivity is all the rage these days, but research suggests some modern innovations—particularly the “open office”—may, in fact, hinder productivity.
So what does it take to foster a productive work environment, and what does it mean for economic developers? Simple changes can go a long way, according to a Fast Company article.
Weiden+Kennedy office, NYC (courtesy: Inc.com) Traditional office cubicles (courtesy: Harvard Business Review)
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Studies show the most productive offices allow for open collaboration while complementing that space with areas where work can be done privately, making it easy for employees to transition from one form of work to another.
One often-overlooked suggestion is the integration of natural light. Anyone who has worked in a dim office can attest to the productivity-sapping ability of darkness, and studies confirm natural light both increases morale and fosters creativity.
Another suggestion is to eliminate 90-degree angles in favor of round edges, which subconsciously put employees at ease and promote spontaneous conversation. This design feature has already been implemented at the new headquarters of the U.S. Census Bureau.
The Atlas office utilizes many of these features. Our open layout features plenty of natural light and promotes fluid conversations. When needed, private conference rooms facilitate internal collaboration and conversations with clients either in-person, via videoconference, or over the phone.
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