Employee engagement

The evil twins of office design

The evil twins of office design

Many years ago a client commissioned me to write an article on their beautiful new offices.  The building was indeed impressive – sleek, sustainable and sophisticated. The work spaces were all bathed in natural light, desks and chairs were ergonomically designed and dotted here and there were soft seating areas where staff could hold meetings from the comfort of a squishy sofa or beanbag. 

To my mind there was only one downside – it was all open plan. I was wrong however, because as I soon discovered, ‘open plan’ was accompanied by its evil twin - ‘agile’…