Those who I put this question to often look at me like I am trying to trick them, and there is relief when I hint that they can give more than one answer.
For most of us the best place to do our work will depend on what we need to be productive in at the time.
Considering how much time and importance we allocate to our jobs it’s surprising how novel the question is. And considering how much money employers invest in salaries and office accommodation, and more importantly management’s commitment to shareholders around value growth, it’s perplexing how little thought is allocated to this key consideration.
So if we know most the workplace should accommodate a range of work-style zones to support optimal productivity then why then is most workplace design so rigid?