Open-floor offices always seem like a great ideas to the people in charge, who usually have private space. So it goes, according to Memo Pad’s Matthew Lynch, the staff of Elle will all be sitting out in the open while editor Robbie Myers and creative director Joe Zee enjoy private offices in Hachette’s new space in the Time-Life tower.
The Observer reported last winter that the company’s new location, only a few blocks east of the current offices on Broadway near 50th, is less than half the size of the publisher’s current space. Lehman Brothers was the last tenant to occupy the new office.
Outgoing Hachete CEO Alain Lemarchand told MediaWeek earlier this month that the company’s current offices on Broadway near 50th “are just a nightmare.” He complained that they are “very siloed,” and that working out in the open will encourage loyalty, risk-taking and collaboration among the company. MediaWeek didn’t quote him direclty on this point, but we can’t imagine what he’s talking about. In any case, it won’t be Mr. Lemarchand’s problem if the staff is upset when they move into the magazine’s new space in the Time-Life building on Oct. 4, one week from Monday.