Open Office Issues

Many companies, especially startups, boast about their open office design. They’ll tell you this openness fosters innovation and encourages collaboration. Susan Cain isn’t convinced, however. An authority on quiet people, she is sometimes referred to as the “champion of introverts.” Her latest introvert empowering project is a partnership with Steelchase, designer and manufacturer of office furniture. In this latest venture, she is assisting them in designing office space which provides private oases in otherwise open office space. According to her, this open space can stifle creativity and add distractions for some people who prefer quiet, private spaces. By adding these private spaces, an office will be better suited to handle all personality types, and increase overall productivity. 

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Virginia MacKoul

Virginia is a graduate from the University of Florida's College of Design Construction and Planning with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, and a minor in Urban Regional Planning. Virginia joined the Front Street team in 2011, as an intern. Upon graduation, Virginia joined the Front Street team full-time as the Director of Client Services. Ms. MacKoul’s addition furthers Front Street’s continued growth and expansion within Gainesville and other North Central Florida markets. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2014 and now manages the firm’s team of interns and oversees all marketing and branding activity. Virginia was born in Boston and moved to Lee County, Florida in 1997. Virginia graduated her high school's International Baccalaureate program and started at the University of Florida with a focus on Architecture. Virginia shares Front Street's passion of giving back to the community and those in need. Virginia's hobbies include photography, cooking, football, movies, music, and spending time with her dog, Brinkley.

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