Will Open Floor Plans Encourage Better Office Hours Engagement?

Will open floor plans encourage better office hours engagement?

Reported by EdSurge, Cornell Tech, George Mason University and others are all experimenting with the idea of “hotel’ing” – giving faculty access to temporary space on campus, rather than a permanent walled-off office.

Similar to in the business world, these open floor plans are specifically designed to encourage more communication, collaboration, and student interaction. However, also similar to the business world, many faculty insist this lack of privacy will be an absolute negative in terms of productivity.

The takeaway? Improving faculty access should absolutely be a priority. But encouraging creative solutions, like public office hours in more visible areas of campus, rather than mandating no private offices for anyone, may be the better way to get faculty on board.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.