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Try "Neighborhoods" Instead Of Open Offices

Great work environments keep managers with their teams

My office has gone through a lot of iterations. First, everyone sat in an open space. But when a daily queue began forming at my desk, the people around me got sick of it because there were always people standing around waiting to chat and distracting them from their work.

So I got an office. My lines quit bugging people, but then a similar thing happened to another leader in the company. Then, some managers needed to have more semiprivate conversations, and having an office became a status issue.

None of this fostered the culture we set out to create. As a manager, it's my job to promote a positive working environment.

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