The new millennium brought a new style of office to the U.S. that took off with many technology companies and startups. It’s what’s known as the “open concept” or “open work space”. However, after more than 15 years have passed, the effects of this workspace structure are now being evaluated.
The open concept work space started in Germany decades ago, but it started to gain popularity in the United States around the year 2000. Companies like Google, Facebook, and eBay have all popularized this office layout. The idea behind it is to have an office space without cubicles, dividers or offices. Desk space would be open, where employees would be able to see other workers. The initial intention for this type of work environment was to encourage collaboration and a “team” environment among employees. By keeping the work space “open”, the hope was that this environment would keep communication and relationships between fellow coworkers open and friendly.
Downsides to the Open-Concept
One of the major goals that seemed to come out of the open concept office space was to create a place of employment that was fun and where employees wanted to come to work and were happy. While that may certainly be the case, there is one major flaw with the open concept. Thanks to a study of over 40,000 employees from over 300 companies with an open concept office space, it is very clear about one thing: the open office concept is killing productivity.
Productivity is an essential, key component to any successful business. You hire a certain amount of workforce with the expectation that you are getting 40 (or more) hours a week from your full-time employees. When this is gravely affected by countless interruptions, far too much socializing and “playtime”, the result can be disastrous. Even with an attempt to drown out potential noise distractions with headphones, it is impossible to avoid visual distractions that happen with the open concept office.
Another major downside to the open concept is chain of command and privacy. With the open floor design of the open concept, it is almost impossible to have privacy. Even if you went to another private office for a conversation, it can be difficult to do with all eyes looking up at you or noticing. Further, if you work in a shared office space with someone with whom you report to, this can often times become far too close or social of a relationship, making the supervisor to subordinate relationship challenging.
Evaluate Your Office Space
If you currently have an open concept office space, you may want to evaluate how the layout of your office is impacting worker productivity, as well as office morale. Take a look at how the layout may impact interruptions amongst employees and whether gossip or other conflicts within the office may potentially be resolved by being willing to give workers their own work space and begin to create a whole new working environment for you and your company.
If you are looking to open up your own office (or relocate to a new office space) and have been considering the open concept, you may wish to reconsider this type of office layout and its potential impact on your business.
Office Space in Los Angeles
If you are in the medical field and are looking to establish office space in Los Angeles, then look no further than Boulevard Medical Properties. Whether you want an open concept office, cubicles or private office space, we have assisted several practitioners in all areas of setting up their own dream office space. From expansion, lease negotiation, construction, and design, contact us today at (818) 882-5700 or you can also contact us online.
Thanksgiving is around the corner, and if your office likes to celebrate, you might be starting to think about party ideas. Even if your office has never thrown a Thanksgiving party before, this could be a great time to start! Here are some of our best Thanksgiving party planning tips for your office.
Creating invitations will add excitement around the event and ensure that more people actually remember to attend. You can get creative and design flyers to distribute around your office either on paper or through email, or use eVite or another online invitation service. An added bonus of the invitation services is that they will track your invitees to see who is definitely or maybe attending, so you can get a good idea of how many people to expect.
Decorate your office in paper cut outs of fall leaves, different sizes and colors of gourds, glasses full of chestnuts, dried ears of corn covered in glitter, and fall colored wreaths. Ask your employees to bring in their own homemade decorations. Buy paper plates, napkins, and plastic utensils in fall colors to continue the theme.
Design Your Own Potluck
Everyone enjoys a good potluck, because they are always full of surprises and there are usually lots of homemade goodies! When planning your office Thanksgiving potluck, think about a theme. Do you just want people to bring pie? Should you hold it right after the holiday and have everyone bring their leftovers to share? Or maybe you think your coworkers will have had enough turkey and stuffing and you want to have a taco bar, your options are open!
Thank Your Employees
What more appropriate time to thank your employees for their service than this? Make sure to take a moment during the party to thank your employees personally for their contributions. Consider giving them take-home gifts like candy bars, awards, or maybe copies of a book that you find meaningful or is relevant to your industry.
Hold a Charity Competition
Think of those who don’t have what you do, and collect food and clothes to donate. The department who donates the most gets a prize!
Play Thanksgiving Games
Ring the Pumpkin- Line up a few large pumpkins on the ground. Before the party, create rope hoops of an appropriate size that you can throw over the pumpkins. Have your coworkers see if they can ring the pumpkin stem.
Thanksgiving Charades-Play a game of charades with Thanksgiving words.
Gigglebelly– You will need at least four players for this game, but the more the merrier! The first person lies down on the floor. The second person lies on the floor with their head resting on the first person’s belly. The third person lies with their head resting on the second person’s belly, until there is a chain of people all lying with their heads on each other’s bellies. To start the game, the first-person yells “Ha!” Then the second person yells, “Ha ha!” The third person yells “Ha ha ha!” and it continues down the line. Eventually, everyone will be rolling over with laughter!
We hope you have a happy Thanksgiving, and enjoy your office party!
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Don’t bore your coworkers with egg & spoon races and hot dog eating contests. Today, there are many fun and exciting ways to bond with your coworkers that will actually engage them rather than elicit disgruntled sighs. Try some of these team building activities for work to build communication channels and make friends at the office!
What you’ll need: 1 key, 5-10 puzzles or clues, depending on how much time you want to spend on the game.
How you play: Lock the team in the conference room or other available office space with the puzzles and clues. Set a timer and see if they can solve the puzzles in time to find the hidden key before time runs out! This one is good for creative problem solving and collaboration.
Battle of the Airbands
What you’ll need: speakers, smartphone, costumes and props.
How you play: This one is planned a few days in advance. Form your department into teams of three or four, and ask them to form an imaginary band. They each choose a song that they will sip sync to with their own costumes and props. They can have a couple of days to rehearse. Everyone gets to vote on who put on the best performance, but nobody gets to vote for their own team. This one is good for team bonding.
What you’ll need: blank paper, markers or pens, drawings of shapes or simple images.
How you play: Put team members into pairs. Have each pair sit back-to-back on the floor. One person holds the drawing or image, and the other has the blank paper and markers or pens. The person that holds the image describes it to their partner without directly telling them what it is, and their partner must try to recreate the drawing from the description. After a set amount of time, have each team compare their images to see who drew the most accurate replica. This game is good for building communication skills.
What you’ll need: 20-25 trivia questions about your office.
How you play: Test your team’s observation skills with specific questions about your office. “What brand are the telephones?” “How many departments do we have in total?” “What color is the kitchen ceiling?” The possibilities are endless! This trivia is perfect for team bonding.
Salt & Pepper
What you’ll need: tape, small pieces of paper, a list of well-known pairs (think peanut butter & jelly, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, salt & pepper, etc.)
How you play: Write one half of each pair on each sheet of paper (salt on one half, pepper on the other,) then tape all the pieces to people’s backs. Have everyone mingle and try to figure out who or what they are without asking. Once they figure it out, they must try and find their matching pair. Together, they must sit down and find three things they have in common. This one is good for communication skills.
A team that works well together is not only happier but also more productive. Try some of these team building exercises with your office to upgrade your work environment.
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Most people are aware of conserving energy at home. This can usually be somewhat self-serving to avoid a large electricity bill. However, all too often, conserving energy in the workplace is rarely considered. This is often overlooked without some push from management. Given how many hours most people spend in the office each week than at home, the amount of energy used is significantly higher than the typical amount of energy used at home. For more information about finding the right office space in Los Angeles for your practice, contact Boulevard Medical Properties to learn about our custom move-in process.
Unless mandated by upper management, you may not be able to make everyone at the workplace comply, but you can always do your part and start a movement to encourage other coworkers to follow.
Below are just some ways that you can conserve energy at the office.
One of the simplest ways to conserve energy is to turn off the lights when you leave for an extended period of time. If you’re the last person to leave the office, or if you have a private office, simply turn off the lights when you leave. It’s that simple. If you leave for your lunch break, you can also do the same. If you have decision-making power with respect to the design and systems within the office, considering having motion-censored light switches. This will turn lights on and off automatically depending on activity and use of a particular room. Again, any little way to conserve energy will help.
A variety of office electronics, including computers, printers, monitors, copy machines, refrigerators and many other appliances and office equipment, are available with Energy Star certification. These electronics are newer and typically use less power than older, non-certified models.
It’s not uncommon for people to leave electronics at the office on. This includes monitors, computers, printers, copy machines, fans, coffee machines and other electronics that don’t need to run while you are away. If you absolutely must leave your computer on, at the very least turn your monitor off and make sure that you have energy saving options set up for your computer to sleep when not in use.
Turn Up the Heat
It’s a known fact that many offices are kept on the cool side intentionally. This is done not only in an effort to keep employees alert and working efficiently, but it can also help keep germs and bacteria from lingering and any IT person knows the importance of keeping servers and equipment in a cool space. However, in an effort to conserve energy, if your office is unnecessarily frigid, see what can be done to bump the thermostat up a little. Also, check and see if your thermostat is set up on a schedule for the off-hours.
Windows and doors can be a huge energy suck, letting air flow in and out when you may otherwise be expending a great deal of energy to keep cool (or warm). By making sure that your windows and doors seal properly, you will help to conserve energy. There’s even Energy Star certified windows that will help to conserve energy inside the office.
Cloud vs. Server
Many medical and law offices are moving to a cloud-based practice. Where there was once a great deal of paper and need for computer and server equipment, many are finding it far more efficient and eco-friendly to set up their practice with the intention of being cloud-based. By doing so, you will not only eliminate the need for a ton of storage space for files and paperwork, but you will save a great deal of energy needed to back up systems and files on a computer server.
Office Space in Los Angeles
If you are in the medical field and are looking to establish an eco-friendly or “green” practice, then look no further. At Boulevard Medical Properties, we have assisted several practitioners in all areas of setting up their office space in Los Angeles. From expansion, lease negotiation, construction, and design, we can help! Contact us today at 818.882.5700 or contact us online.