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Faculty | Administrative Offices

Multitasking Offices Earn Extra Credit

Writing. Planning. Research. Meeting. Mentoring. Tutoring. Archiving. Advising. Socializing… The variety of work taking place in cramped faculty offices goes on and on. Yet few are designed to accommodate even a fraction of these activities. Schools can create more versatile and efficient offices if they consider the three C’s identified by Steelcase researchers: concentration, contemplation and collaboration.  Creating fluid work zones support staff wellbeing, an institution’s brand, and helps attract and retain the best and the brightest.

Real estate is at a premium, operating costs are rising and workloads never shrink. The need to maximize productivity, engage workers, and communicate a school’s tradition and culture are pressing issues. Meeting these challenges requires smarter planning to create harder working spaces.

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Insights

 A work setting that allows colleagues to share digital content from laptops, tablets, etc. facilitates the collaborative process. Portable whiteboards are useful in faculty office neighborhoods.

 Provide an intended place for ad hoc meetings and collaboration away from students.

 Rethink private offices and faculty offices, these should be planned with separate zones for conversation, collaboration and concentrated work.