Office Handbook

Chapter 51: Office Design.

The Company has long appreciated the connection between a well-designed workplace and exemplary productivity. To that end, we are pleased to announce highlights of a new Design for Efficiency program to be phased in over the next year (as funding and local permitting allow).

The Double Desker: Careful study of our current floor plan reveals a vast amount of unused space between the tops of existing cubicles and the ceiling. So that this real estate no longer lies fallow, a second layer of cubicles will be built atop existing work spaces in the next few months. Construction logistics are to be determined.

Wall decor: In an effort to add a splash of color to employees' workdays, the Company is selling wall space to local and national advertisers. To date, deals have been closed with Campbell's Soup for its single-servings line and with Eli Lilly's "feel good" family of products, Prozac and Cialis.

Food service: Break rooms -- which, incidentally, are not used to full capacity at all hours -- foster an unhealthy environment where employees can gather and speak candidly out of supervisors' earshot. To address this problem, break rooms will be adapted to accommodate additional double-desker configurations. In their place, pushcart food vendors will travel the corridors twice each day. (The executive dining room will, for the time being, remain open.)

Incentive offices: To foster ambition among junior employees, offices for top managers will be outfitted with state-of-the-art amenities that include private bathrooms, full wet bars, and panoramic views of the executive pitch-and-putt golf course.

"Green me": The Company takes conservation seriously. In an effort to spur energy savings, heating and cooling systems will operate only between the peak work hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Lights will be dimmed to 50% of capacity and, to prevent heat loss, windows not located in incentive offices will be plastered over.

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  • Peter Rakeback

    Thats a good layout for a home. I have been redesiging my own home and will take these into consideration. I think the green home initiative is a must as it saves the enviroment and your money.

    Poker Rakeback

  • Peter Tapestry

    Nowadays, more and more places outside the home are looking a lot more welcoming - hotels, hospitals, you name it! Gone are the plain linoleum floors, the desks all arranged in neat rows, the plain white walls. It's all about being in a comfortable, esthetically pleasing and relaxed environment to encourage creativity and a productivity among employees. And if it also means that we will use our space and resources more intelligently and efficiently, so much the better.
    The trend is catching on and this handbook is a good reference point for those who are looking to incorporate design efficiency in their workplace.

    Peter - The Tapestry House