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Strategic Work-Space Planning

Companies are examining their use of space more carefully to reduce occupancy costs. Misconceptions about the role of accommodation in organizations have led to costly inefficiencies in space planning and building use. Reducing square footage provides a company with a two-stage opportunity for improvement. First, space "right sizing" and redesign can lead to a better "fit" between work-space design and users' tasks; employees' work space can more effectively support work performance and improve productivity. Second, the process of making space cuts and changes is an opportunity for initiating broader-based corporate change in companies seeking to reduce overhead, empower employees, and reengineer work processes. The author offers examples that show how some companies have used work-space changes to transform their business and how CEOs can take full advantage of this opportunity.

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