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IT workspace design
We are in the design stages of a new building on our campus which will contain one floor for some IT staff. There will be about 34 IT individuals housed on this floor. Titles represented on this floor will be Programmers, System Analysts, Application Architect, and Business Analysts. There will be no administrative/support staff on this floor.
I would be interested in what type of workspace is provided at other campuses for IT professionals of this type. Most of our existing workspaces are private offices as this is how most older building were designed. It seems there is a trend to gain flexibility in workspace design for our new buildings on campus, thus discussions about more of an open work environment containing cubicles or partial “movable” walls that do not go to the ceiling.
My initial reaction to this type of work environment is that it will be counterproductive for most IT professionals as it would increase distractions and disruptions that hinder employee concentration and that we need to provide acoustically sound work environments that provide appropriate levels of privacy.
What has been your experience?
University of Arkansas
Associate Director IT Services