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THE KEYS TO OPEN OFFICE SUCCESS

THE KEYS TO OPEN OFFICE SUCCESS

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November 22, 2019 Category: Knowledge, Article

Furniture and layout play an outsized role in the success of open office designs. Here’s why – and what you can do about it. More than any other single factors, furnishings, and layout drive the success – or failure – of open plan office design. Creating an open plan office where people can be productive demands an honest look at your client’s company culture and the way they do business. Open office design means different things to different people, notes Dave Madson, principal at CBT, an architecture,  interior design and urban design firm. Even the companies that fully embrace the open office concept still need enclosed or semi-enclosed areas for group collaboration, private conversations, and individual work. It’s a good idea to start the design process by understanding why your client wants an open plan design solution in the first place and envisioning how other spaces and design features can make that approach successful. Companies that implement an open office strategy tend to do so for one of two reasons, explains Angie Lee, vice president of buildings for Stantec, a global design firm: • Cost reduction. Open-plan offices allow you to fit more people into a space, which minimizes your square footage requirements. • Recruitment and retention. Open office implementation can be part of an overall upgrade aimed at keeping the talent you have and bringing in new people. open office space types The most f

1st Annual Bowling Event

1st Annual Bowling Event

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August 05, 2019 Category: General, Article, Employee News

NationalOffice colleagues spared* some time recently to take part in friendly competition at a local bowling alley. A total of eight teams comprised of colleagues from many different departments including our manufacturing facility hit the lanes for the 1st Annual Bowling Event.  “We had over 50 people show up and it was a ton of fun,” said Teresa Corl, Vice President of Operation at NationalOffice. A striking* level of skill was present! Awards were given to not only the highest-scoring team but also to the best style, best cheerleader and of course the "You Stink" trophies to the lowest-scoring team. Everyone had a ball* as evident in the pictures below! We are truly looking forward to the next event. *Puns very much intended :-)   - Article by Mandie Lee

How to make open offices work for everyone

How to make open offices work for everyone

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January 14, 2019 Category: Article

Whoever thought that walls and doors could go out of style? Apparently, that’s what has happened at offices nationwide. Seven in 10 American offices now have an open floor plan, rather than cubicles or private rooms. The open office aims to boost creativity, productivity and collaboration by making it easy for employees to interact. But that hasn’t been the case for everybody. A study published this summer by researchers at Harvard Business School found that in-person interactions actually dropped more than 70 percent after workers moved from a cubicle to an open-plan workspace. Employee productivity also declined. Open offices and isolating cube farms aren’t our only two choices. Borrowing the best from both design approaches can give workers what they’re really after — control and ownership of their workspace. When people decide for themselves where and how they work, they’re happier and more productive. That pays dividends for employees and employers alike. The mystique surrounding open offices is due in part to their popularity in Silicon Valley. But tech companies are not alone in trading walls for side-by-side work. Citigroup recently converted its headquarters to an open floor plan. Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg preferred a wall-less “bullpen” setup during his tenure in City Hall. Evangelists for open-plan workspaces often cite the serendipitous interactions they encourage. As Citigroup CEO Michael

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