A conversation series between Lindsay Boccardo and Lauren Moffatt, HR expert.
Should we switch to an open office plan?
Lauren: I think you really have to respond to individual needs. Within reason, you know?
Lindsay: So before we spend $100,000 on a remodel, let's go ahead and talk to the people
in the office and see how they prefer to work. That's wild idea, right?
Lauren: So majority votes typically, and then you look to make sure that you can accommodate in whatever way that you can. There are boundaries around it, and truthfully, it's really about the relationship first. The office space can be amazing, but it's deeper than just that.
Lindsay: So asking -- what can we do to help people build relationships? Collaborate better? Because I've seen this belief that millennials want open office space and then the introverts come to me and say, "There is so much stimulation all the time. I can't focus because there's so much going on. I want to put my headphones in and get my work done." So it's not even a generational thing. Maybe create places in the office to float, and then if you need a desk and a home, you can have a desk and a home.
Lauren: Well, it's a symptom of something else they're really asking. What is the why behind wanting an open office space? Is it because they want to collaborate more? You can do that without annihilating all cubes. There's just a deeper why to a practical ask.
Lindsay: Love it.
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