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Cubicle or Phone Booth? Workplace Options
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By: Teri Bernstein

 

 ad for a workspace phone booth option YouTube

 

The open-plan cubicle layout for office workers has certainly become a classic design. But not everyone works most efficiently in this setting. Also, some transactions require more privacy than a cubicle can provide. Nevertheless, space is still at a premium and there are reasons to not give everyone their own permanent office.

Enter an office space that looks like a phone booth. Just like a phone booth, it is not a permanent home, but it serves its purpose when needed. 

 

Also included among the options for the modern flexible office are:

  • Couches
  • Moveable walls
  • Standing desks
  • Team workspaces

I miss seeing phone booths on street corners...maybe they might find a new home in offices everywhere.

 

Source: "Don't Get Too Comfortable at that Desk," by Steve Lohr, New York Times, October 6, 2017.

 

Discussion

  • Describe your most productive work space. Include time of day, layout, noise level, proximity to others, access to internet and any other variable that you can think of. 
  • If you were managing ten people in a deadline-based environment, how would you like to arrange THEIR workspaces. Comment on how and why this is the same as or different from the ideal work space you previously described.