Evaluation of “The Workplace”

“The Workplace” argues that “the way an office is set up has a direct correlation to employee moral, productivity, and job satisfaction”. In the blog, the writer effectively points out several studies that prove this very point. These studies show that employees would be willing to work an hour more per day if they enjoyed their work environment and that only 38% of workers would want to show important customers their place of work. A study by the Buffalo Organization for Social and Technological Innovation showed that companies where employees worked in cubicles performed far less than companies with a more informal office set-up.

I find this blog to be particularly intriguing because I have always been interested in architecture and design. Over the years, I’ve heard scattered information about cubicle work environments not being conducive to production and performance, but I have never seen a concrete study on the matter. I know personally that I would never want to be stuck in a cubicle all day and I know that I would struggle to maintain motivated to perform given such an environment.

The writer of this blog did an excellent job of providing evidence to prove a point. He/she used more than one study to show the connection between employees, performance, and their workplace. However, I believe that the final study from the Buffalo Organization for Social and Technological Innovation should have been placed earlier in the argument. After the blog delivers all of the facts of the matter, the reader naturally wonders the costs of making design changes to a drab work place. At this time, the writer perfectly places a quote in a box that draws the reader’s attention and shows the small financial burden of the change. I think the blog could have been improved with a specific example of a company with a particularly unique design (with a picture link perhaps) and that company’s performance.

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One Response

  1. Here is an article about the Gensler 2008 US Workplace Study. It offers some interesting insights as to how workplaces should be used, including the four things employers should focus on when designing them: focus, collaboration, learning, and socializing.

    http://www.dexigner.com/design_news/gensler-survey-workplace-design-and-business-performance.html

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