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The Importance of Balancing the ‘We’ with the ‘Me’ in Office Design

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The draining, dull, dismal workplace has become an archetype in popular culture. For decades, the stereotypical American office has been depicted by movies and television as a maze of cubicles in a sea of gray and white. In the 1999 comedy Office Space, Peter Gibbons exclaims, “We don’t have a lot of time on this earth! We weren’t meant to spend it this way!”

And to be honest, you shouldn’t have to.

Consider a few stats:

  • One survey from Management Today indicates that 97 percent of workers consider their workplace a symbol of whether or not they are valued by their employers.
  • A Gallup poll of 25 million American workers suggests that unhappy employees can cost up to $550 billion in lost productivity, annually.
  • Another recent survey of Americans who work in traditional office spaces reveals nearly half feel their workplace design and décor has no personality. And, only one in four indicate they would be proud to show their office to family and friends.

With those numbers in mind, it’s easy to see why both workers and employers should have a vested interest in office design.

The Wilbert Group entered 2017 with a refreshed office space. With a focus on wellness, our team collaborated with an interior designer to optimize our office design by balancing the ‘me’ with the ‘we.’ By combining community spaces for collaboration with private spaces for focus and relaxation, we created a workplace that inspires us.