Must-Read Articles 10/14/17

Hello, everyone! We hope you had a great weekend. Here you’ll find a compilation of interesting articles that we enjoyed ourselves last week. We hope that these will inspire you with new ideas for your workplace and facility management teams!

Office arrangements that promote cross-departmental collaboration could increase productivity.

Last week we shared a post from JLL about how merging both the real-estate and HR departments could increase both team wellness and efficiency, and we came across this article from Workplace Insight that indicates this may be a growing trend in the corporate world overall. While most organizations keep departments separate in order to streamline processes, there is a growing notion that allowing different departments to come closer and share ideas could greatly benefit your organization.

“Or rather, I could [work from home], but I would be fending off a very needy cat…”

This is a great, short article about an approach to “working from home” that requires getting out of your house to where people are. There is a basis that “mental effort is contagious,” so instead of working in solitude you should work where there are people moving around and getting their own work done for the day, such as a coffee shop. While this isn’t news to many of our flexible work friends, it may be worth trying if you haven’t yet.

Could this be the bridge between traditional office layout and open floor plans?

Looking back at some of the advantages of traditional office layout such as privacy for important conversations and solitary space to hunker down and focus without distraction, major organizations that once promoted the idea of open offices have learned some important lessons and created “activity-based” workspaces. Allotting for both open and private spaces allows team members to choose workspaces that are most effective for the task at hand.

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