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Open for a more collaborative working environment: It’s a growing trend in efficiency, but the transition from private offices to communal workspaces is not without its challenges. Planning the right strategy can mean the difference between community and culture shock.

Reducing culture shock

Research shows that the work environment has a huge effect on employee productivity. More design firms are encouraging their clients to involve employees in the decision-making process. Focus groups, surveys and being observed while at work are just a few examples of employee involvement. No matter how large or small the decision, including employees in this process increases morale and ownership of the new work environment.

New York-based architectural and interiors firm Milo Kleinberg Design Associates (MKDA) recently redesigned the headquarters of insurance brokerage and risk management firm DeWitt Stern — located in a historic building — to include more natural light and collaborative space …

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