Officeland on The Doc Zone | Open Concept Offices
Less “Me” space and more “We” space is the theme of this show – A history, and evolution, of the open concept work place. Peter Keleghan, the host of this episode, takes you through the pros and cons of the open office environment. Who is choosing this type of office design for their organization, and why is it so popular?
Highlights of #Officeland
- By 2015 three quarters of North American offices will be open concept
- Open concept offices are NOT new – They have been around since the 17th century when business people would meet in coffee houses, in the street, or wherever there was business to be done.
- History of “The Cubicle” – Bob Probst, the inventor, designed the cubicle to add more privacy for users, and flexibility of design.
- Facebook, Yelp and TD Canada Trust are three companies who have introduced this new type of office design. Depending on the culture of the office, some are more ‘campus–like’ than others.Desk space real estate has gone from on average 90 sq ft (1994) to 75 sq ft. Cost is a factor.
- Noise is a Problem – “Stirring cups of tea loudly” is something one of the people interviewed mentioned was a noise challenge in her open office experience.
- Distractions are a Problem – for every 3 min. of lost attention, it takes 23 min. to get it back.
- Communication Efficiency is a Plus – Being able to listen to the ideas of employees, breaking down the hierarchical walls, and offering opportunities for spontaneous conversations is motivation for CEOs to embrace the Open Concept design.