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The General Services Administration and the agencies it partners with have reimagined the spaces where federal employees spend most of their work hours, but questions remain over whether they welcome the change.
The General Services Administration has been rethinking the design of government workspaces, adding features that allow federal employees to do their jobs more effectively.
Some simple tips and tools can solve most of the problems that employees with disabilities have in open offices. Others can use them too. The story begins below the photo gallery.
As federal agencies consolidate and rehab their offices, more and more of them are choosing open designs with little or no partitions between colleagues. A Federal News Radio survey last month showed many employees hate to see private offices, or even cubicles, disappear in favor of working in close quarters. None more so than people with disabilities, as Federal News Radio’s Emily Kopp reports.
Agencies are dragging their employees kicking and screaming into open offices, as a Federal News Radio survey uncovered last month. The most wary ones are people with disabilities who need special accommodations to work. Ned Holland is the assistant secretary for administration at Health and Human Services. He tells Federal News Radio’s Emily Kopp that HHS is rapidly consolidating its buildings under a White House directive. As it does so, it’s turning to open offices.
Claire Gainley of Humanscale talks with Federal News Radio’s Tom Temin about how to best design chairs to fit the people who will use them.
In the future, federal offices could be more like patios – where furniture is adjustable and moveable for whatever task or project is at hand, say experts at the General Services Administration. In our special report, The Federal Office of the Future, we examine the research behind the decision to make office spaces more flexible.
Agencies are dragging their employees kicking and screaming into the era of open-office design. Leaders might love having everyone in one room and able to make eye contact and chat at any moment. But an exclusive Federal News Radio survey, part of our special report on “The Federal Office of the Future,” shows that feds are happiest at work when they can close their doors. Reporter Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more survey details.
Patrick Skerrett of Harvard Health Letter offers tips for tuning out noisy distractions in your office.