Office Environment and Your Team
Unless you are the owner of the company, you may have limited say into the layout of the office. In order to maximize space, companies have open spaces or cubicles as the design of the office. Each employee will handle this workspace differently and to effectively help them, be aware that some members of your team find this more difficult to work in.
In open space offices, even with sound buffering on the walls, this can create high noise levels. You want employees to collaborate and talk to each other, but this can also be distracting. So how do you maximize the performance of each of your team members in an open space work environment?
American Express Open Forum author Anthonia Akitunde wrote “Open-Office Backlash: Seeking Productivity in a Noisy World.”
It’s open season on open offices, with experts and employees griping about its many downsides. Here’s how business owners can deal.
Keep in mind each team member will react differently to noise levels. Some employees are highly sensitive to it and their productivity may be impacted by too much noise. Know your team members and make accommodations to maximize their comfort while working in an open space environment. Check in with them on how they can best work in the office and help them find the best solution to increase their productivity.
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