2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Speidell Jay Speidell is the Marketing Manager at Momentum, a strategic design-build partner that takes a people centric approach to helping credit unions across the nation thrive. Web: www.momentumbuilds.com Details Few workplace design topics are as divisive as the debate between open offices and cubicles or closed offices. Data suggests that open offices are an overwhelming success, with 89% of the highest performing workplaces having an open floor plan. But at the same time, open offices are roasted in the news and LinkedIn. Understanding the source of this disconnect can help you have your open office cake and eat it too, unlocking the benefits of open plan offices while avoiding the pitfalls. They key is understanding your staff and the work they do, and designing custom solutions that fit your unique organization. Collaboration Open offices are common among high-performing workplaces the work people do is changing. Many employees are shifting from focused, individual task-based work to more collaborative project-based work, and this work requires communication and sharing ideas. Open floor plans create an engaging atmosphere where employees are colliding and talking with each other outside of planned meetings, and even outside of their departments. The result is a mixing and sharing of ideas, and efficient delivery of collaborative projects. When you’re working together, conversations and interruptions aren’t a distraction but rather a part of getting work done. This is great, but what about when you need to put your head down and focus? This is where the disconnect arises. Distraction Most news articles and online comments cite distraction as the main obstacle to getting work done in an open office, and there is some data backing this up. Researchers at the University of California found that it takes about 23 minutes on average to get your focus back after being distracted, while interruptions come about every 11 minutes. At that rate it’s hard to get ahead! But if your team retreats into private spaces, you lose the benefits of collision and engagement that come with openness. So how can you benefit from the strength of both types of workplaces while minimizing their weaknesses? The Best of Both Worlds The key is to look at your workplace as more than just a place to hold employees, but instead to design your workspace strategically around the activities that your employees will engage in. For example, many of your employees may be more productive in an open, collaborative space, but some portion of their responsibility requires focused work away from a distracting environment. You could provide them with workstation in an open plan office while also making private working areas available when needed. The key is to look beyond one-size-fits-all solutions and find one that helps your staff feel comfortable, confident, and productive. Surveying your staff to understand their day-to-day work on an individual and overall level, as well as what is and isn’t working in their current workplace, is a great starting point.
It was there that medical staff tracked her breathing with an oxygen tube.“I don’t know whether it’s a psychosomatic symptom from sharing a room with 10 COVID-19 patients, but my body temperature went up to 40 degrees [Celsius] and my coughing got worse upon arriving at the intensive care unit,” Hana wrote.Read also: ‘COVID-19 is no laughing matter’, says mayor as more local leaders test positiveHer condition improved several days later, although Hana tested positive for COVID-19 following a swab test at a community health center.The journalist’s father passed away on Aug. 8 due to COVID-19. Her relatives, however, did not immediately inform her of the news because they were afraid that it would affect her condition.“I only learned about his death on Aug. 12. I cried as hard as I could that day. I was only able to see my father’s body through a picture taken by my doctor,” said Hana.Her extended family, who mostly live near her house, underwent swab tests following her father’s death.“All of them, almost 20 people, tested positive, including my mother, my husband and my children. We live near each other. What’s worse was my mother and grandmother were sick and showing symptoms,” she said.Hana added she was also struggling with staying in an isolation ward alone.“I wanted to hug my husband and children but I couldn’t,” she said.Read also: The faces behind the numbers: Remembering COVID-19 victimsDoctors allowed her to go home on Tuesday evening after her conditions saw improvement, though a final swab test still yielded a positive result.A new regulation allows patients to be discharged from the hospital if they do not show any symptoms for 11 days.Hana said she was required to undergo self-isolation with her husband, who had also tested positive for the coronavirus disease.As of Thursday, there are 31,610 confirmed cases in the capital, with 1,048 deaths and 21,795 recoveries. Governor Anies Baswedan is considering putting a stop to the gradual reopening of essential services as COVID-19 cases continue to soar in Jakarta.Topics : Hana Puspita never thought that she would become a COVID-19 patient, until she and 20 of her relatives tested positive for the viral disease in July.The Jakarta-based journalist detailed her experience with COVID-19 on her Instagram account @puspitahana on Wednesday, allowing The Jakarta Post to quote her post for this article. She recounted that she first suspected she contracted the disease after suffering fever and joint ache on July 28. She underwent a rapid antibody test for COVID-19, which showed a non-reactive result.Hana’s condition did not improve following the test, so she took a second rapid test later and obtained a non-reactive result yet again, despite her high fever and intense coughing.An X-Ray examination later showed white spots on her lungs, prompting health workers to list her as a possible COVID-19 patient.Hana was later admitted to Tarakan General Hospital in Central Jakarta after receiving treatment at a private hospital.