Open Offices: One Size Does Not Fit All

by Bob Fox

Recently, there has been much press about open office plans, mostly about how bad these work environments are and that they don’t work. As Principal of FOX Architects and Publisher of Work Design Magazine; an architect and workplace strategist reading one of these articles are kind of like someone saying, “my shoes don’t fit.” Office space can be analogous to shoes in that you may be wearing the wrong pair shoes. Moreover, like shoes, if you put the wrong pair or the wrong size on – there is no question you’re going to, at best be a little uncomfortable and at the worst, in pain, with the shoes not appropriate for your activities. You don’t go running in high-heels – office space is not much different – don’t do your work in the wrong space.

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