We are a small general contractor currently having a growth spurt like so many others. As a result we are moving to another floor of our building which has more space for offices. There has now been a change in the scope, however, of the new plans which has only a few offices and the rest of the 25 employees in group settings and/or bench seating. It will also have a café setting to encourage the social aspects of our team. Wondering if any other contractors have gone with the new trend in office layout which is sold as being more collaborative and better lit and sharper in design. My question is what were the office transition pains if any for any of you that have done something similar. Also what were the positives. We have several project managers currently in offices that would now move to a cube type setting. I'm concerned about the impact on morale if any.
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We have also moved to the open office format. As several have noted, the main benefit of this is the collaborative nature of hearing what is going on around you. The white noise machines would seem to defeat the purpose of the open office environment, but clearly there are times when you need to tune out your surroundings or have meetings, etc that don't involve 20 folks. In terms of phone calls, we have a small phone room, which is just a two chair conference room where you can go if you need to make a private call. You can also just walk outside for this. Our folks work basically in scrum teams at several large tables, and people who support these teams basically migrate to the different tables as they move from team to team. Our accounting folks are in a separate area, but within our area we are open. If I need to have a confidential call I will just grab the phone room or conference room.
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I agree with Luther. I also resisted the attempt to put the accountants in the general area but I did create more of an open office within the accounting department. Our folks work in something of a bullpen arrangement, with myself included, and I just go in a conference room if I need to make a call. This arrangement has worked well for a couple of reasons:
1) I am more attuned to what my group is doing and can often short-circuit a wasted effort and redirect to a more positive outcome.
2) I have noticed them paying more attention to my conversations and what I am doing, which seems to make them feel more connected to the "mission" of our department, which gives them more clarity around their own responsibilities.