Breaking Down Walls!
It was just over a year ago when we set out on the project of a lifetime. We helped reposition an 18 story high rise in the center of Downtown Dallas. It has to date, been one of the most incredible experiences of my life!! It just so happens that Eighty Three now calls 400 Record home, and I get to live the experiences that we have been fortunate enough to help create.
During the process of planning our space, I opted for a completely open floor plan for our offices. We have one office on our floor, which we refer to as our ceremonial office. It serves its purpose, but mainly exists for pomp and circumstance. I thought I would take the time to share my thoughts on being 6 months office free.
If I am honest, I always hated office life. A life filled with seclusion, loneliness and minimal collaboration. But as we got closer I started to live in fear of my own decision. “What if people need to talk to me?”, “Will people still feel comfortable coming over to collaborate?”, “Will I still be able to get work done?”. Well six months in, and I can say that I am happier now than I have ever been. Complete collaboration, I’m here when those around me need me, and vice versa. One of the best things…It has actually reduced the length of time people are spending at my desk and the one fear I had of being able to focus has actually made it easier.
I love that the team is constantly coming and asking for my input, and in return I am able to get up and ask them for input, as well. (Even if that does mean occasionally taking a nerf bullet to the cheek!).
Our communication has increased, our productivity has increased, and overall our incredible culture has grown in this environment.
Would I encourage it? It depends. I don’t think this environment is for everyone, and you need something to be able to keep you focused. My grounding is my headphones. Brings me back to my computer, helps me focus, and motivates me to work my ass off so that we can stay in this incredible office that we call home.