Some of my favorite clients operate productively in open plan environments. When they were making the adjustments I was able to share strategies so they can Fold Time™, achieve twice as much in half the time.
Open plan spaces can a big adjustment for team members who may struggle if they have always worked in an office.
Offices used to symbolize status – now everyone is considered equal in an open environment workspace design.
Companies leading the open workspace movement include Viacom, Facebook, Cisco, Microsoft, eBay and Google.
If you aren’t sure if Open Plan is for you – check out the pros and cons in this article: http://www.inc.com/john-boitnott/is-the-open-plan-office-really-right-for-you-pros-and-cons-of-removing-walls.html
Facebook has embraced open plan and created ‘frictionless working’
SUCCESS Partners the magazine SUCCESS and its parent company SUCCESS Partners Sources have created this environment with a clear understanding of people’s workstyle: http://www.success.com/blog/how-to-deal-with-an-open-office-layout-and-come-out-ahead
Cisco Systems calls them connected workplaces and believe it maximizes flexibility, choice and collaboration. :http://www.cisco.com/assets/sol/ciscoitatwork/business_of_it/ccwi/tour/open-plan-workstation.html
CBRE and Microsoft share the positives and negatives of this unique set up and also outlines how some offices are allocating space specifically for millennials:http://www.forbes.com/sites/neilhowe/2015/03/31/open-offices-back-in-vogue-thanks-to-millennials/#18af87854ed1
Google has made it work using a variety of workspaces to encourage creativity and collaboration and also allow people to focus:http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2013-07-01/ending-the-tyranny-of-the-open-plan-office
eBay has focused on design to increase productivity and combined that with a mobility program to allow people to work remotely:http://chicagocreativespace.com/the-evolving-workplace-and-culture-of-ebay-part-1/