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More spaces for solitude at work, not just collaboration.

Why is it that as interior designers, all we hear about these days iscreating collaboration in the workplace? I know all about the benefits, but watch Jason's video. Clearly workers need longer stretches of solitude to create and think, to be more productive. Heck, I need it! While we've been busy designing these open spaces with low screens, all along our clients have been telling us that they need quiet spaces for concentration (not just a phone room). I seems old school, but, are we really doing them a favour by taking away personal privacy?

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    Dec 29 2011: 1. Why is it that as interior designers, all we hear about these days iscreating collaboration in the workplace?

    Businesses want to be more productive, and their approach to that is making the office space more personalble for people. That sounds great on paper and for mission statements, but unfortuantly it turns out to be more of a negative than positive.


    2. I seems old school, but, are we really doing them a favour by taking away personal privacy?

    This is a interesting topic. I think that taking away a persons privacy would be a negative and potentially reflect negatively in their work on a daily basis. Speaking from personal experience, I worked in a office cubicle for a few years and initially it was terrible but it eventually grew on me, I adapted. Fortunately for me, that did not last, as I was eventually given an office. Now I can say that I truly understand the jealousy behind the "office" phenomonon and desire to be in that position. Its much better, giving the comfort needed to work. I believe peoples thoughts turn negatively first toward "cubicles" or Open spaces" to work, you just have to do the best you can to create workarounds.

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