Fortune Magazine has published a new story focused on CannonDesign’s workplace pilot efforts at Zurich North America titled, “Ditching the Cubicle Can Boost Productivity.” The piece positively highlights Zurich’s creative approach to incorporating employees into the creation of its new Chicago-area headquarters with an extensive pilot program that had more than 150 individuals spending three weeks in each of four uniquely configured office neighborhoods and splitting time between individual workstations and shared spaces throughout the pilot floor. Each neighborhood features different styles of office desks, chairs, enclaves, conference rooms and informal meeting spaces that could potentially be incorporated into the future headquarters.
“People have told us they get so much more done in the new offices that they can in their current ones, they really hated to go back,” said Meg Osman, Executive Director of CannonDesign’s Corporate/Commercial practice.
“We’re a data-driven organization,” explains Jennifer Kyung, Headquarters Business Lead at Zurich North America. “So we wanted to eliminate as many biases as possible from the data.”