Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Is The Status of Having A Private Office Still Relevant?

Accountants change very slowly. It has long been a tradition that “getting” your own office signals your peers and probably your family, that you have made it, that you are now in an important role.

Even GenX and younger accountants still seem to think this way. It’s the culture they have grown-up in during their working years.

Writers and researchers tell us that younger people like a more open work space where they can enjoy and benefit from collaboration.

I hope CPA firms can get away from the status thing that seems to be ingrained in their employees and the firm partners. I know many partners who believe that the size of their office and location (corner office) seem to paint them as more powerful. My opinion? This fools no one.

I have witnessed, first-hand, cubicle dwellers in CPA firms measure the length of the desk-top in their cube to assure themselves that they have as much space as their next door neighbor. Fascinating.

If you are considering an office update this year, here’s a good article about designing open office space. I think a combination of open and some private spaces for special situations would be an improvement over the public accounting tradition of cubicle “stalls” and way-too-big offices for partners.

  • "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much."
  • Helen Keller

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