If anyone knows that no two workers work the same way it's Emily M. Dunn, Workplace Knowledge Consultant at Herman Miller, who has extensive expertise in physical workspaces. As Emily tells me in this edition of Looking Forward, there's no one-size-fits-all work environment. Companies have to give their employees the flexibility to work in environments that suit their individual needs and the task at hand, especially considering some tasks require constant communication and others require heads-down focus.
“It's about giving people choice and variety," she says. “It's not like you can work out every part of your body on the treadmill. You need to move around the space and find the equipment that works best for the particular task that you are trying to do, whatever muscle you are trying to strengthen. You can't and shouldn’t do it all in one place.”
Keep reading for Emily's thoughts on the perennial open floor plan debate, the increasing need for corporate transparency, and the overwhelming amount of real estate still being devoted to paper storage in this digital age.