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Millions of us spend hours there every day. They can be noisy, distracting and sometimes smelly. There can be squabbles over food, telephone ring tones, even how loudly you stir your coffee. So why are there so many companies jumping aboard the open concept office bandwagon? By 2015 it will be an everyday reality for three quarters of North American workplaces. Advocates say fewer doors will lead to greater collaboration between employees. Critics say it's all driven by bottom line economics--crowding more people into smaller spaces saves money. So does it make sense? Is it for everyone? Office rookie Peter Keleghan will take us on an enlightening voyage of discovery as he tries to understand this world, with its' new rules of engagement.
Peter brings his wry and bemused observations to workspaces that are as much about fun as they are about getting the job done. We interview experts, historians, as well as the movers and shakers behind this latest office evolution. Peter's odyssey will take him to companies as iconic as Facebook, where the largest open concept designed office space in the world is being built. He'll talk to Jeremy Stoppelman,CEO of Yelp, one of the biggest on line search engines in the world. Stoppelman doesn't have an office, and he believes this helps break down barriers. Roger Johnson, Senior VP, Enterprise Real Estate at the Toronto Dominion Bank, agrees. He is a proponent of "hotelling", where employees can use a different desk on different days, depending on their need. Peter visits telecommunications giant Telus. It is trying for what it says will be a Canadian first--reducing its’ real estate footprint by encouraging most of its employees to work outside the office. And he will visit the wildly inventive offices of Mind Candy in London, where slides, stuffed animals, and neon lights are next to desks and conference rooms.
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There are plenty of critics of the open concept office. Stanford University psychologist Robert Sutton has compared it to rats being moved closer and closer together in a cage. Audio expert John Goins, from University of California, Berkeley, has a database of over 130,000 opinions. Most of them say noise is the biggest workplace problem when walls disappear. And British neuroscientist Dr. Jack Lewis simply says if you have a task which needs your undivided attention, don't even try it in an open concept office.
Ever the intrepid investigator, Peter will offer himself up for some amusing experiments, such as having his brain monitored while in a busy workplace. And he'll get some advice from some surprise guests. Join us for Officeland, a lively, informative hour on a topic guaranteed to get you talking.
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Nancy Cheung, O’Leary Funds
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Ian Drummond, Indoor Garden Design Ltd.
Natasha Ferrari, TD Bank
Tanya Koivusalo, Murdoch Mysteries
Emma Miller, Telus
Amy Maddock, The Mindlab
Roz Morf, Stanford University
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Anna Robinson, Gensler, UK
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Meg Sinclair, Facebook Canada
Sally Tindal, Corus Entertainment
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