Office space

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Guests: Ethan Bernstein, Mandy O’Neill, Jack Dennerlein

Do you work in an office with an open plan? In recent years, more workplaces have knocked down walls and removed flimsy cubical dividers in an attempt to foster more collaboration and innovation. But do these open spaces produce better results or just annoy workers who now have to cope with all kinds of distractions– their colleagues’ conversations, keyboard clicking, and the smells of last night’s leftover to name a few.  This hour, how office design impacts work place productivity and culture, and what makes a happy and healthy work environment? Also, chairs vs. standing desks. We’ll talk with ETHAN BERNSTEIN, associate professor at Harvard Business School, MANDY O’NEILL, associate professor of management at George Mason University and JACK DENNERLEIN, professor at in the Bouve College of Health Science at Northeastern University.

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