This is THE office

Sunday 27 November 2011, 3.14pm HKT

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Note the DESKS AT RIGHT ANGLES to each other, which aids communication but also provides an apparent degree of privacy. Desks facing one another pits users face to face against each other, creating tension and consternation. Back-to-back desks (like in a classroom) is even worse and is the one arrangement giving the lowest-possible productivity.

Note the SOFA, which becomes the space when you or your colleagues needs to chill out a bit. Leather is always the best choice, as it helps give a cool sensation to the user and therefore cuts down on the air-conditioning cost.

(When there’s nothing happening or it’s been a slow day, I honestly don’t mind people taking a nap in the office. I hate and detest it when people pretend to be busy when there’s nothing to be busy with.)

Note the RUG. It is not a carpet. Learn the difference because it could save your life. A rug used like this sets the tone or atmosphere of the whole room. It also sets off the middle part as a common area for people to mill around.

Note the WORKBENCH to the left of the picture. That gives a common work area and a neutral ground for collaboration (if not actual cooperation) to take place. By and large, people don’t want to work with others who we see are intruding into our domains, no matter the size.

Note the SHELVING. Ninety-nine percent of stuff in the workplace don’t actually belong to us personally (or even functionally specific to our job roles), so best to store them in commonly accessible areas.

Note the STICKERS. Obviously, you don’t have to have them. Just sayin’.

Like it or hate it?

© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2011.

6 Responses to “This is THE office”

  1. At first glance I thought this was a picture of the IT Crowd’s set. O.o I like the furniture placement, but I would be hopelessly distracted by all the brightly colored things to look at.


  2. Ed Hurst said

    As one who has done far too much maintenance on computers, the first thing I noticed was the tower on the floor where it can suck up lots of dust. Every eye takes its own path.


  3. Guus said

    Fantastic. I only know you from your writings, but it fits like a glove! The pic makes a great desktop background actually!


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