TITLE

Workplace Design

AUTHOR(S)
Wienclaw, Ruth A.
PUB. DATE
April 2018
SOURCE
Workplace Design -- Research Starters Sociology;4/2/2018, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Research Starter
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Since the advent of industrialization, most office workplaces have been designed using a similar template: corner offices for executives, offices with doors for managers, and bullpens or cubicles for rank and file workers. However, postindustrialization (with its heavy reliance on technology, information, and services rather than on the production of tangible goods) frequently requires that this traditional approach be rethought. Many organizations today increasingly rely on teamwork and collaboration to help them manage innovations and gain or maintain a competitive edge in the global marketplace. Such workplaces frequently require a more open approach to workplace design in order to encourage synergy. However, this approach, too, is not appropriate for every organization or every situation. In fact, today's technology enables an increasing number of workers to telework without the need for a central office or face-to-face communications to effectively and efficiently accomplish their tasks. Sound workplace design is much more than a matter of aesthetics and decorating trends. Social scientists have an important role in research to determine the underlying principles of workplace design as well as in application to make sure that these are appropriately applied so that the needs of the organization and its employees can be met.
ACCESSION #
37219727

 

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