Most people who work in an office get to work around 9 a.m. and leave around 5 p.m. with a lunch break somewhere in between. But MarketWatch’s Anna Akbari writes that not every worker is the same, thus work environments shouldn’t all be the same either.
She touches on four myths about how work gets done -- open offices are more productive; collaboration should be nonstop; working from home is for slackers; a ‘real’ job is a full-time job -- and what we should be doing.
On the subject of open offices, Akbari says there needs to be a balance between space and privacy. "Hiding in our respective offices isn’t the answer. Rather than an all-or-nothing approach, offices need more private nooks and crannies and small conference rooms where employees can steal away to find peace of mind and focus on the task at hand, while also offering separate social spaces for communal gathering. A place and time for everything."