office space
Workforce & Workplace
Open-Office Floor Plans: One Size Does Not Fit Every Business
Jason Richards
Jason Richards
VP, Energy & Construction Services
Sodexo North America

chicago-bridgeIn offices around the world, the open floor plan debate rages on. Do open office spaces allow for greater collaboration, increased energy and a free flow of creativity? Or do open areas create disruptions and distractions that ultimately kill performance? The answer to both questions is yes. And no.

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Workforce & Workplace
Workplace Starts at the Front Door
Kevin Rettle
Kevin Rettle
Vice President,
Global Offer Development - Universities
Sodexo

The demand for a quality worklife isn’t confined to corporate offices. For most employees the workday experience begins and ends in the lobby of the building, and developers and building owners are reconsidering what design features and amenities will make their properties attractive to a new generation of tenants. To be competitive, Class A buildings, whether they are new construction or repositioned properties, now feature active entry lobbies with great curb appeal — a concept that has evolved dramatically since the 1970s and 1980s, when the office tower was designed more as a corporate icon than as a vital part of the work experience. Set back from stark entry plazas, the sleek lobbies were treated as voids, sheathed in stone and dark glass.

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