This research analyzes the influence of corporate office trends on facilities leaders' efforts to reduce or eliminate private offices. We examine how open office spaces better allow institutions to improve space utilization, enhance collaboration, and increase operating effectiveness.
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Key observations from our research
1. Open floor plans allow institutions to more effectively accommodate an influx of new administrative positions.
2. When done correctly, staff express high satisfaction with the transition to an open floor plan.
3. Good lighting, sound reduction, student accessibility, and staff buy-in are key factors in a successful transition to open floor plan systems.
4. Changing faculty workflows (attributable to the use of digital resources and mobile technology) are reducing the need for private offices for all instructors.