The design of an office can increase productivity and worker satisfaction, or it can dampen and discourage it. This infographic from Avanti Systems shows that over the last thirty years, offices have changed to accommodate not only technological advances, but social ones, as well. The cube farm is well on the way to extinction. Workers now expect ergonomic work stations, plenty of casual space for conversation and collaboration, and better lighting. A workplace that is viewed as only functional, as was more common in 1986, will not draw workers who are creative and engaged in their tasks. Functional, fun, and eco-friendly are no longer viewed as mutually exclusive. Today’s office can be designed green and not only save money, but increase appeal.
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