Shared Office Space

Empty OfficeSometimes you don’t really appreciate something until it’s gone. We recently moved into a new office space in Toronto. The space is quiet and private, almost the opposite of the cubicle worlds we complained about a few weeks ago.

Uncanny Owl is in a shared office space that has dozens of private offices on the floor representing many different companies. It’s funny how “shared” in this context is anything but, and that approach surprises me. There’s rarely any interaction between the tenants and nothing is facilitated by the property management company. At the same time, they want us to keep our office as long as possible; turnover is expensive for everyone involved. So why not pursue every possible opportunity to build roots and reasons to stay? People won’t want to leave if there are friendly relationships or opportunities to collaborate.

Yet for some unknown reason, it almost seems like socializing is discouraged – there was a lot of text in our lease agreement about not hiring anyone from other companies here and vice versa. There are no common areas to unwind, no directory of other companies, no facilitated introductions, nothing. It’s very strange. So here we are, lonely and highly mobile. Why are some companies still not going out of their way to build strong ties with their clients?

1 reply
  1. Laura Bailey
    Laura Bailey says:

    Social interaction is very important in office space. A bland, boring and ‘too open’ office space naturally discourages interaction and can have very negative impacts on productivity. Filling the space well and designing the space so as it encourages this more, will make employees feel more comfortable and motivated.



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