By Michelle Durham
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The new GlaxoSmithKline building at the Navy Yard is a dramatic departure from the former high rise they occupied. There is not a single private office in the building, and employees have their choice each day as to whether to work while seated or standing.READ MORE: Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct Involving Ocean City Beach Patrol Members Under Investigation
Sandy McKeown, who works in IT, she says the new environment took some getting used to.
“People were nervous and anxious about it. It seems as though our group has settled in very well. We are able to sit where we need to for the day and interact with our colleagues as needed versus scheduling lots of meetings.”READ MORE: Multiple Faiths Joining Forces To Combat Philadelphia's Rising Gun Violence
That’s right: no assigned seats either. Groups are assigned to “neighborhoods,” but because of the open environment of desks, no cubicles, casual seating areas, and all-glass conference rooms, it’s easy to track down who you are looking for.
But communications coordinator Elizabeth Finocchiaro says that while the open environment promotes sharing, there are times when you need to work without distraction. So everyone was provided large clips that attach to your monitor or chair.
“One is a ‘do not disturb’, which is red. (There is) a yellow one that says, ‘I’ll be right back’ and a green one that says ‘I’m available.'”MORE NEWS: 2 Mothers, Babies Rushed To Hospital After Being Rescued From Burning Frankford Apartment Building, Officials Say
Employees took an etiquette course to learn how to monitor their own volume and not to be afraid to approach a co-worker whose carrying voice may be a distraction.