Smart Office Not So Damned Smart?
November 10, 2011 12:49 PM Subscribe
You know that trend a while back towards 'smart offices'? I think that's what it was called -- you know, when nobody has their own desk, and they just snag their laptop and go sit anywhere and somehow they are magically more creative and productive as a result? I'm having trouble Googling up trip reports: can you help me out with links to stories and research about experiences in implementing it (or your own personal experience)?
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to Work & Money (21 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
My focus is actually on why explanations of why it was tried and didn't work; I'm happy to read about how it actually did as well, though.
My memory may be faulty, but I seem to recall hearing that most of the experiments with this kind of thing failed thanks to massively increased stress among employees and no gains of any other kind, mostly because it just goes against human nature.
Anyway, any info you have or can link to on this stuff would be welcome. My perfect answer to this question would be a link to a highly critical research paper, complete with comprehensive data, revealing this idea to be total snake oil.
A paper that revealed the opposite, if it were credible, would also be just fine, despite my clear prejudice in this matter. Heh.