Reduce distractions and enable focused work by integrating a stimuli management program within the building.
The work environment can have a significant impact on work performance and concentration by providing a variety of working environments that allow for both concentration and privacy, as well as collaboration and interaction.
Assess Work Environment (1 point)
Verified by Policy Document, Professional Narrative
The following requirements are met:
The organization’s work processes and space utilization support focus and productivity among employees, and projects assess the work environment through at least one of the sources below:
- Occupant survey responses.
- Occupant interviews and/or focus groups.
- Observational research.
To support opportunities for focus at least two of the below are in place for all eligible employees:
- Process for requesting alternate workspace arrangements if assigned workstation does not meet occupant stimuli needs (e.g., too busy, loud or quiet). If physical or organizational constraints do not permit moving station, occupants are offered flexible working arrangements or work from home options.
- Designated quiet hours, zones or rooms during the workday.
- Stipend for or provision of noise-cancelling or noise-reducing headphones and/or earplugs.
- Day(s) of the week on which formal meetings are discouraged.
- Visual communication system to indicate do-not-disturb time (e.g., flag system).
Integrate Space Management (1 point)
Verified by Architectural Drawing, Professional Narrative
Projects incorporate the following into the organization of seating and spatial layout to provide differing degrees of sensory engagement:
Work zones that support a variety of work functions (e.g., quiet work, collaborative work).
Designated quiet zones provided as enclosable (e.g., small conference rooms, single-occupancy phone booths) or semi-enclosable (e.g., carrels) rooms with no more than three seats per room.
Designated collaboration zones provided as enclosable or semi-enclosable rooms with no less than three seats and, at minimum, one visual vertical surface area for communicating ideas or work.
A system for booking or reserving enclosable quiet and collaboration zones.
Storage is provided to minimize clutter and support an organized environment through one or a combination of the following:
A workstation cabinet at a minimum volume of 0.1 m³ [4 ft³] for each regular occupant with a permanent, designated workstation.
A personal locker at a minimum volume of 0.1 m³ [4 ft³] for each regular occupant without a permanent workstation (e.g., offices with rotating desks or free address policies).
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