Open Offices — you either love them or hate them. Lately, it seems more and more people are turning against open office plans, saying they hinder productivity and overall work performance despite the collaborative atmosphere. Jason Feifer, senior editor at Fast Company, is one of those people. He makes a convincing argument as to why open offices are the wrong way to go, but he made one point that really stood out — in an open office you’re time is not your own.
The world is on the verge of a new age, where the 8-hour workday is an idea of the past. More and more organizations are giving their employees the freedom to choose their hours and work during the times that work best for them. One such organization is social media tool Buffer. Co-founder Leo Widrich recently wrote about why he no longer believes in the 8-hour workday.
Business trips are an aspect of professional life that many look forward to — it gets them out of the usual office, can be great for networking and you might even get to see a sight or two along the way. But when it comes to your productivity, business trips only get in the way. Brad Feld, co-founder of the Foundry Group, says his productivity secret was simply axing business trips.
December is typically that time of year when people become more focused on their holiday plans than work. And who can blame them! The lights, Christmas trees, and all-around holiday spirit is enough to make anyone forget about their to-do list. But, you can use this holiday spirit to your advantage to make December the most productive month of the year.
Open offices have been getting a bad reputation lately, with many feeling that they actually get in the way of productivity. Between the transparency and noise, open offices have employees yearning for a bit of privacy in their workday. However, an open office does come with a few benefits — like encouraged collaboration. So, if your business has an open-concept workspace, here are a few tips to make it work even better for employees.
Many of us work in settings that are inefficient and involve outdated processes. Sometimes it seems like even the simplest tasks have complex processes that inevitably add time and effort to something that could be much less demanding. The worst part of this familiar scenario is that some of us see ways to eliminate outdated processes, but instead choose to slog along in the unproductive corporate comfort zone. It’s time to break or forfeit these old processes and streamline your productivity!
Science has confirmed something we’ve known for a long time — we are the most unproductive on Fridays. We switch to weekend mode on Friday afternoons, when our brains are convinced the workweek is over.
With the technology that is coming online today, the traditional cubicle office format is slowly fading away. And I say good riddance! Since leaving the traditional office space in 2007, my productivity levels have soared and I find myself able to maintain focus easily in my home office. With millennials projected to make up half of the workforce by 2020, it seems certain that traditional offices will be phased out. Although increased productivity is one of the biggest reasons I enjoyed the shift away from a traditional office space, there are other reasons why it is attractive to both employers and employees.
More and more people are choosing to work remotely because working out of an office just isn’t very appealing. More importantly, people don’t seem to actually be able to get any work done at the office. Jason Fried, the co-founder of 37signals (the company behind Basecamp), discusses how organizations can make offices more productive in a TED Talk.
Open-concept offices have been getting a lot of flack lately, with many saying this type of office design actually gets in the way of productivity instead of encouraging it. Fast Company asked their readers what they hated most about open-concept offices, and many cited constant interruptions, too much noise and a lack of privacy as their reasons.
Don’t worry about not being able to participate in Cyber Monday this year; your boss isn’t expecting you to be productive anyway. It turns out many companies have given up on trying to make Cyber Monday just another workday, so many are allowing employees to do their online shopping during work hours.
There’s an easy and simple way to give your workplace a little boost in productivity — BYOD. In a recent survey, two thirds of IT professionals said they believe Bring Your Own Device policies lead to higher productivity in the workplace.