To be successful, lawyers learn to privilege precedent over logic. As a result, common sense and legal prowess don't always go together. Nonetheless we can use logical reasoning to show how freedom from the past can make the workplace more productive for today's attorneys and staff.
A. The traditional law office is socially isolating, sedentary, dark, limited by perimeter conditions, and inefficient with excess interior square footage.
B. Known factors that contribute most to workplace productivity --
- Natural light
- Social interaction
- Physical movement
- Personal control
The traditional office floor plate can be transformed within the same footprint for greater productivity.
1. Break continuous perimeter
2. Add attorney offices inside
3. Group staff together
4. Centralize support functions
5. Create alternative work areas
1. Critical for natural light
2. Use excess space
3. Foster teamwork, reduce isolation
4. Encourage physical movement
5. Enhance social connections, add variety and choice
No one needs a reason to do things the “way we’ve always done it.” But to achieve greater productivity in today’s workplace, logic demands a break in precedent. That goes for every company, not just law firms. To find out more contact firstname.lastname@example.org