Interesting article in The Des Moines Register regarding change in the workplace.
Yes, “Open Offices” are indeed getting more open as business leaders, “…transform their workplaces into more collaborative, congenial and productive settings”.
There are numerous aspects of change that are driving this evolution and they must ALL be addressed, holistically, if the transition is to be successful. Steelcase research points to the reduction of square footage to reduce real estate costs as the number-one influencer of this movement. However, if that viewpoint is the major driver without factoring in changes among employees regarding social and technological work, the entire process could be a dismal setback in organizational productivity!
Efficient and effective organizational space is the result of Big-Picture Thinking. …taking in all of the aspects of change regarding your, most unique, organization.
Embrace that change and intelligently guide it to positive, productive and profitable results!