Most of my coworkers would tell you that I prefer to get most of my work done alone. I find that, when I’m free to work on my own, I end up being more thoughtful about what I’m doing as well as more productive. Of course, solitary confinement isn’t always practical in a startup environment like ours, making those periods of privacy particularly valuable. That’s why I like working in the Atlanta Tech Village, where it seems there is always a little corner to escape to when you don’t feel like handcuffing yourself to a desk all day. However if your office doesn’t have a little retreat for you to hide away and do your work in, you and the company you work for could look into some of these cool office space ideas to increase employee happiness and productivity. If you’re looking for a new office space for your business in North Dakota, you may want to consider these Grand Forks offices for lease.
Still, I know not everyone can be so lucky, given the popularity of open office floor plans. Proponents of these open plans say they inspire communication between coworkers and improve workflow. On the other hand, it has been argued that these layouts often make it harder to concentrate, especially when you’re working on something that requires some deep thinking, which in turn stresses employees out. Of course, office plants have been found to reduce stress levels amongst employees so adding some Office Plants designed and installed by phs Greenleaf could help, but it might not completely appease those who prefer a solitary working space. This is a tricky problem that probably affects most offices worldwide. Visit this link to see how the open office is evolving – https://thinktanks.io/blogs/blog/startup-stories-revitalizing-the-open-office.
Two design students in Dublin, Ireland, must have felt that pain as well, and very well may have come up with a solution that combines the best of both worlds: From Fast Company:
“One suggestion, from two Dublin-based design students, is a large room with flexible spaces for every task: Instead of sitting at the same desk all day long, you could move from place to place as needed.
“Walk up to a workstation, and it would instantly recognize who you are and pull up your work on a large touch screen, unlocking the same way some cars can use the key in your pocket to unlock a door. If the person next to you was in the middle of a loud conversation, because your work so easily follows you around, you could just get up and walk to the other side of the office to better concentrate.”
Not that the designs stamp out interaction altogether; desks face outward so coworkers can still see each other. But now, it could be easier to walk away if necessary.
“I think all of these little features combined just nurture a person’s ability to work at their best potential, and free themselves from the constant barrage of distraction,” Quinn says. “As we talked to people in Dublin, distraction came up as the key current problem and one of the most stressful problems in the workplace. Redesigning the office is an area that has incredible value–the value of what people can produce under the right conditions.”
The design was a finalist at this year’s RSA Student Design Awards.
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