It’s the layout, stupid!


Just what I think!

Originally posted on Workplace Blog | Spacelab:

After years and years of prophetic calls that the office is dead (fuelled by the increasing mobility of computing devices), the trend seems to have turned and the office is finally experiencing a renaissance. Companies are stopping working from home arrangements, with, most prominently Yahoo telling its employees in 2013 to return to the office since they argued that “some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings“. At the same time, many large technology companies are going one step further and are commissioning prestigious new office buildings, such as Apple (Foster + Partners), Facebook (Gehry), Google (BIG and Heatherwick Studios) and Samsung (NBBJ).

The latest spotlight on the renaissance of the office comes from the Harvard Business Review (HBR), which published an article last week arguing that working remotely might sap people’s creativity. In a nutshell, they argue that…

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