Stack says that the open concept design puts office workers on display with few (if any) walls for privacy, resulting in an office environment in which employee interaction is inescapable—
According to Stack, companies with an open office environment may think that employees learn to adapt to the distractions of this type of environment—
“Employee do fairly well by adopting actions that ‘distract the distractions,’
“But just because they’ve adapted doesn’t mean they achieve peak performance on a regular basis.”
According to Stack, smart office designers and managers are recognizing the need for space that accommodates those who work best in an open work environment and providing alternatives for those who need more privacy to work undisturbed.
Since the open concept office first hit the workplace in 1960, it has become a mainstay in the majority of office spaces, and undoing this workplace culture is not an easy task. Stack offers some common-sense answers to creating a more private environment in an existing cube-based office that can be accomplished fairly easily and make a significant impact on office productivity.
When making changes to the office’s existing workplace set-up is not possible, Stack recommends considering last-ditch escape locations, such as public libraries and coffee shops, or trying telecommuting.
“Millions of people already work from their homes at least one day a week,” Stack says. “This provides the option of allowing ‘lone geniuses’ to create workspaces in known comfort zones where they don’t have to deal with most of the distractions of the typical office.”
In today’s testy economy, businesses must consider new ways to achieve maximum productivity if they hope to remain competitive. Changes in the environment can benefit the productivity of an individual, team, or the entire company. Stack advises management to remain flexible, consider approaches to benefit quiet-seekers, and improve concentration opportunities.
For more information on addressing an open concept workplace environment and its effect on workplace productivity, visit TheProductivityPro.com website, Email Laura@TheProductivityPro.com, or call 303-471-7401.
About Laura Stack:
Laura Stack is a time management and productivity expert who has been speaking and writing about human potential and peak performance since 1992. She has implemented employee productivity improvement programs at Wal-Mart, Cisco Systems, UBS, Aramark, and Bank of America. Stack presents keynotes and seminars internationally for leaders, entrepreneurs, salespeople, and professional services firms on improving output, lowering stress, and saving time in the workplace.
The president of The Productivity Pro®, Inc., a time management firm specializing in high-stress environments, Stack is the bestselling author of five books: “What to do When There’s Too Much to do” (2012); “SuperCompetent”