As more employers adopt an open design plan with few private offices — or even cubicles — Pankaj Arora and his young information technology innovation team at Microsoft are bucking the trend.
They discussed an open floor plan, but decided they could be most productive in their own small offices. When they need to collaborate, they simply open their doors and roll their desk chairs out into the corridor, which they have dubbed the “hallway of knowledge.”
“It was important to be able to hunker down and focus behind closed doors, but be in close proximity to each other so we could collaborate,” Arora, leader of the Modern IT Innovation Group, said. “We never see the doors as barriers to communication, just as barriers to noise.”
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