Glaxosmithkline introduces the new deskless office
28 July 2012
Glaxosmithkline, the global pharmaceutical giant has introduced a new working environment by removing desks from their offices.
Instead of traditional individual cubicles, each employee has a laptop with a built-in “soft phone,” a locker for personal possessions and one file drawer.
GSK is building such a space for 1,300 employees in Philadelphia and a 200-person office in Bogotá, Colombia having opened earlier this year.
Edward Danyo, Manager of Workplace Strategy, says: “We found that only 35% of work activity took place in offices and cubes, yet we were dedicating 85% of our space to those.
“It’s about creating environments so people can do their best work, and we’ve seen a 45% increase in the speed of decision making. But our biggest surprise is that within two weeks most folks say they wouldn’t go back to cellular space.”
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