"Rather than focusing on the limitation of our smaller private office, cubicle or shared space, we need to adopt the philosophy that a person's office is the entire facility," Stegmeier says.
She also advocates holding more stand-up meetings. "They're much shorter," she notes. Also, she adds that "rubbing elbows in close spaces often results in more creative ideas than typically come out of lengthy, structured meetings."
Stegmeier further recommends reducing your office's reliance on paper, noting that this will decrease the number of filing cabinets and other bulky storage units needed. Then, at your own desk, she suggests simply getting rid of personal clutter.
"Don't be a ‘shriner,' turning your cubicle into a place of worship or shrine for your collection of colorful rooster magnets and statuettes," she says. "Instead ... feature a small number of cognitive artifacts, thought starters or visual reminders associated with your work."
Lauri Ward, author of Use What You Have Decorating, goes one step further. She recommends you forget the dream of having that big corner desk.
"Use small-scale [furniture]," Ward says. "Everything is getting smaller in offices, and big desks are like dinosaurs-gone. Get a small work station, perhaps one with a couple of file cabinets and a pencil drawer. You keep everything in your computer anyway, so why take up valuable space with a large desk?"
This article is from the Sept. 5, 2011 issue of Advancement Weekly.
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