The Power of Original Thinking

There may be some food for thought here.

P&G has created a work environment where ideas flow.  At their fabric and homecare innovation center even the height of the cubicle dividers have been researched to allow both privacy and active conversation.  Labs are open plan to allow scientists to swap ideas and see what others are doing.  The four floors are connected by escalators so staff do not have to climb stairs or wait for elevators to speak to someone in another department. Moreover, each floor has a themed connection space where staff can relax and swap ideas.  Miniture prodction facilities allow scientists to make tests quanties of new products – they do not have too wait for time on factory productions lines.

But as well as the physcical the staff are connected by virtual networks  to each other – and , increasingly, to the scienists with similar expertise who work outside the company.