It’s Thursday, kiddies: the day when I roll out a few things I’ve been reading over the past week. Three of ‘em, to be exact. Enjoy. (Remember: click on the bold print to read the entire article.)
5 Ways to Maximize Efficiency in an Open Office Space. (by Casey Hampton, via @wvanderbloemen) We’re about a month in to our new open office concept, and as one of the primary nay-sayers of the new plan, I have to say that I…um…well…I don’t hate it as much as I thought I would. (gasp) That said, Casey delivers five great pieces of advice for those of us in Cubeville.
A trend I am seeing more and more of is the open office concept. It seems that the days of the bullpen are fading and being replaced by sleek desks and lower or non-existent cubicle walls.
Granted, this is a great advancement for this generation of millennials- being included in and collaborating on something meaningful is the heartbeat of this generation. However, as more and more offices move towards this model, it’s important not to sacrifice productivity for the sake of collaboration and community life.
As an introvert who works in an open office concept, here are my suggestions on maximizing efficiency and collaboration – because it is possible.
New Federal Hill Coffee Shop Opens. (via @baltbizflavor) True, linking to an article about a Baltimore coffee shop is a little outside my normal scope, but owner Ed Siu is a friend and a part of the Summit’s Jesus Our Redeemer church plant. I love how Ed and his family are intentionally being sent into the city. Stop by 3 Bean next time you’re in town.
On 3 Bean Coffee’s first day of business, owner Ed Siu arrived at 5:30 a.m. to find the front door shattered. The new shop had been broken into the night before.
But the coffee shop near Federal Hill Park opened its doors anyway Saturday — and sold out of everything.
“This is exactly the reason why we want to stand in the face of adversity,” Siu said. “I know that this is the city where this is supposed to happen, but this is not who we are. We’re not going to live in fear or cow down or try to do anything like that. And our response to anything like that would be like, we want to love you back and kill you with kindness.”