In an effort to create a more flexible working environment while reducing their carbon footprint, wireless headset manufacturer Plantronics’ new Santa Cruz, California headquarters does not contain enough desks to accommodate the entire staff, instead they designed a space meant to accommodate a telecommuting workforce.
Containing enough desk space for 60%-70% of it’s employees, the office implements a number of giant TV screens and video chat rooms for the purpose of bringing telecommuting staff into office conversations. There are ‘private’ rooms as well as team project rooms.
Patricia Wadors, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Plantronics says of the space:
“There’s an expectation that you can work anywhere and be highly productive and engaged. The initial wave of people that walked through and started sitting in the workspace loved it.”
Platronics doesn’t set a limit on how often employees can telecommute, asking only that their workspaces are ergonomically safe.
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