Thinking outside the cubicleBy Sharon VanderKaay12/17/2001|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/30/2001 An office can be a stimulating hub of activity… or a place that saps everyone’s energy. A workspace can support forward-looking decisions… or raise stress levels to the point that people merely exist in a reactive state. Employees can thrive in an environment that encourages cross-functional interaction and innovation…or be victims of the latest office-planning fad.We know that surroundings affect productivity. Factors such as privacy and the ability to concentrate, as well as appropriate places to discuss the latest workplace dilemma — all have an impact on performance. While HR professionals should have responsibilities involving productivity, rarely do HR surveys ask a key question that can uncover staggering costs: “If your physical environment changed to reflect your true needs, what difference would it make to your job performance?” To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.