Early in 2012, a spate of new books and media coverage raised a suddenly pertinent question about modern life: can any of us think straight anymore?
A New York Times article, “The Rise of the New Groupthink” pointed to the lost benefits of concentration and focus in the workplace because of open-plan environments. Along the same lines, The Atlantic’s “Collaborative Workspaces: Not All They’re Cracked Up To Be” touched on individual workstyles and the need for spaces that support the individual worker, whether an introvert, extrovert or somewhere in between. An article on Time.com, “Workplace Woes: The ‘Open’ Office Is a Hotbed of Stress” reported on research showing that open-plan offices sap motivation.
These articles captured the spirit and substance of compelling questions that Gensler has been asking since a series of workplace research efforts in the mid-2000s solidified our conviction that knowledge work is composed of four work modes: focus, collaboration, learning and socializing. Has the move away from individual space gone too far? Have we pursued collaboration at the cost of concentration? Have we underestimated the importance of time for individual thought in an organization’s competitive competency?
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