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28 May 2014 @ 10:44 am
workspace qotd  
If your office were gathering information about your preferences regarding future workspace, what topics would you want them to be sure to include?
I'm feeling: curiouscurious
Blue Gargantuabluegargantua on May 28th, 2014 04:00 pm (UTC)

What's in the local area? Mostly places to get food, but are there also stores nearby that might make it easy to run out and get something on your lunch break.

Parking/Transit options.

cube size/cube wall height.

window availability.


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JB: scruffyjbsegal on May 28th, 2014 11:32 pm (UTC)
Alternately, unnatural dark.
Vast amounts of florescent light sucks, and some of us _LIKE_ working in caves. :)
Jacqueline Russell-Terriertikva on May 28th, 2014 05:36 pm (UTC)
Air quality
Climate control
Working elevators
Building security
Emergency preparedness
Accessibility, physical and attitudinal
Places to eat, both in terns of "where can I get lunch?" and "must I eat at my desk"?
Parking and public transit
Windows (preferably not the OS)
Clean bathrooms
Wide, clear hallways
Personal space
I'm sure I forgot stuff....
harimad on May 28th, 2014 06:13 pm (UTC)
NO HOT DESKING!!! There hasn't been an organization yet that's made that work and morale always plummets. People are territorial, companies need to live with it.

Along the same lines: No Open Plans! Give us some sort of wall, but keep in mind that no group will agree on what is the optimum height.

Good location: near public trans, with near lunch choices a distant second.

Climate control: some way that people aren't burning up or freezing.
ruthless compassion: martini handsaroraborealis on May 28th, 2014 06:16 pm (UTC)
An observation: Some of these are your opinions rather than categories for discussion/survey.
harimad on May 29th, 2014 05:32 pm (UTC)
True dat. Mea culpa.

My amended list:

1. Desk and seating arrangement: cubicles / offices / cubicle wall height / open plan

2. Location: city / suburb / rural
2A. Proximity to restaurant / retail
2B. Transit issues: such as parking / public transit / bicycling

3. Office temperature

4. Exercise & shower facilities

evolution, and some other stuff: West Harbor zombiejacflash on May 28th, 2014 08:27 pm (UTC)
Noise level and natural light are the two that come most immediately to mind.
Kcatkcatalyst on May 28th, 2014 11:17 pm (UTC)
This is redundant on others, but to give more data points: windows (oh god how much people care about windows), placement of building near amenities like restaurants and near public transit, bike parking, showers, office size, shared space like lounges, kitchens, etc, social openness vs. security (how easy is it for a friend to come to my office), accessibility to wheelchairs and other mobility stuff, type, number and location of bathrooms, room for work-related space needs like labs (not sure you have labs, but they are THE space issue for my department), arrangement of work units within the space: will I be near my manager/co-workers or will I be the only one off on a different floor among stranger, prettiness of public areas like lobbies.
mr_privacy on May 29th, 2014 12:22 am (UTC)
exercise & transport
Gym in building? Bike lockers? Showers?
Scheherazade is my patron saint.a_kosmos on May 29th, 2014 03:58 am (UTC)
- Spaces that are adjustable to a wide range of heights; ergonomics doesn't work well if you are at the wrong angle

- I tend to think that fluorescent light is sort of hard on people.

- Lots of plants or green spaces

- Spaces where people can have some quiet and collaborative spaces.
Katefenicedautun on May 29th, 2014 01:06 pm (UTC)
Water (drinking water and hot water for tea) plus coffee and vending machines

Security (is the building going to be accessible 24/7? Will you need a badge? Will you need a badge to get water/go to the bathroom/get lunch?)

Availability of places for meetings/private conversations for those without offices.