In a move uncommon in the United States but more popular in Europe, international real estate brokerage CBRE Group took away its employees’ personal space—offices, desks and file cabinets—and converted to an “untethered” office. Even the CEO has no home base within the office, writes Los Angeles Times reporter Roger Vincent, who took a look inside.
Instead of separate offices or cubicles, employees show up each day and have a choice of working within one of 10 different “neighborhoods”—spaces where others are working on similar tasks—on a couch or even in the heart of the office near the front door.
Gone are desktop computers. Workstations have telephones, keyboards and monitors that employees plug into, and they can sit, stand or even walk on a treadmill while they work.
The office still has conference rooms for meetings and small booths for making those private calls. When they leave, they can store their laptops in a locker or take them home for the night.
— Adapted from “The Concept of an ‘Untethered’ Office Takes Root,” Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times.