Message - Re: Differences in OFFICE dessign for government(hierarchic institution)&A democratic institution.(NGOs)

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Posted by  steveA on March 25, 2003 at 06:48:17:

In Reply to:  Differences in OFFICE dessign for government(hierarchic institution)&A democratic institution.(NGOs) posted by jerry on March 25, 2003 at 00:16:28:

'Not sure I can help except to make a couple of observations:
1. No matter how democratic an institution tries to appear, there is most likely still a hierarchy. But the traditional heirarchical office has partitioned offices, with heirarchy expressed thru the degree of privacy, or the location or size of the offices. It is not as conducive to interaction as a more open office.
2. Hierarchical instutions sometimes wish to appear democratic. It is not uncommon to have an office where workers at every level to have the same sort of workstation in an open plan. This was the trend for the last 20 years or so, heirarchy or not. This approach usually requires that there be more private conference rooms than in the typical subdivided plan as well as "public" gathering areas, so space utilization is not always as efficient as it might seem.
3. Flexibility and Mobility are characteristics often attributed to democratic institutions. The ability for people to have a number of workstations available to them in several locations within the office is a concept that some such institutions look for. It is made possible by the fact that on any given day, a number of the employees are out; either telecommuting or on the road, freeing up space. Optimum space utilization sometimes is dependent on this "hoteling " concept. It suggests that no-one "owns" their workstation. Aside from optimization, the other benefit is that it allows for teams to be created that might otherwise be dispersed throughout an office space. In reality this level of flexibility is never really achieved. People want to have a home!

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