This year was all about turning traditional office models on their head–and occasionally, bringing them back to basics. Chairigami made headlines for its office furniture made completely out of cardboard, no assembly required. Meanwhile, Seattle’s Bullitt Center, dubbed the greenest office building the world, finally opened, and an office building in Tokyo began growing 200 species of fruit, rice and vegetables on its roof.
For many years, employers have championed the space-saving and cost-cutting open office, but we’re finally starting to see backlash–and even research proving that people don’t like them. Maybe telepresence is the way to go. Or maybe, as Yahoo seems to think, it’s the exact wrong move.
In the end, it’s clear that employers have a lot of work to do in creating comfortable work environments for their employees. Read on to hear how.
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Chairigami’s furniture is made from recycled cardboard and there’s no assembly required: They don’t use any glue or fasteners.
The Bullitt Center is made from totally clean materials, has composting toilets, and catches enough rainwater to survive a 100-day drought. And it’s 100% solar-powered, in a city not known for its sunny days.
People in cubicles and open offices long for privacy and probably get less work done. That this is surprising at all speaks to the current trendiness of open layouts.
Take a look at the ways we can make our offices friendlier, healthier, and more efficient.
A reduced workweek would be healthier for your sanity–and our economy.
After receiving tons of heat for taking away workers’ remote privileges, Yahoo now says that things are working just as planned: engagement and productivity are up.
A reality check suggested by one of Occupy Wall Street’s founding figures: we all spend too much time on useless “bullshit jobs” to get real work done.
Combining interesting freelancers with established companies can result in collaborative experiences no one would have imagined.
Just try collaborating in this terrifying meeting space at a Cold War-era airbase.
A building in Tokyo that has 200 species of rice, fruits, and veggies may have reached new levels in the craze to “green” the office.
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