An open office plan is one that maximizes the use of large, open spaces and minimizes the use of small, closed off spaces. It’s a trend that has grown in popularity over the last few years and works great for some companies, but is an open office layout a good fit for your organization? We’ve explored the benefits and drawbacks of an open office to help you decide what’s the best fit for you!
Benefits of an Open Office
An open environment encourages working together and learning among employees. Because it’s easier to share resources and ideas, employees naturally build a greater sense of camaraderie through collaboration. It naturally promotes relationship and team building which can ultimately strengthen the culture of your company. Open work spaces increase face to face communication, as employees are more likely to communicate through quick chats and simple meetings. A conversation that takes several minutes via emailing back and forth may often be resolved by a quick two minute conversation in person. Face to face communication ultimately saves time, resolves issues quicker, and can prevent common miscommunications.
Drawbacks of an Open Office
While an open office layout fosters collaboration, interruptions may pull employees away from work. An open atmosphere can be noisy which may often cause unnecessary stress. Employees might feel distracted in this type of setting and potentially have difficulty concentrating. With an open environment, there is typically a lack of privacy, and frustrations may arise when there is a need for private conversations or confidential work space.
Designing an Open Office for Success
An office should be designed around how the people in it work and interact. Giving your employees the kind of spaces they will need to do their job well, will minimize the disadvantages if you decide you want an open office layout. When designing an open office layout, establish areas for different types of work. Create quiet places for privacy and/or independent work where employees can get away from noise and interruptions. In addition to your open layout, include small, flexible spaces and conference areas that are secluded and private in which people can hold meetings and calls.
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At Cube Solutions, we offer open office desks and modern workspaces that provide space for collaboration and individual work. We help our clients succeed by designing office spaces that enhance and complement the culture and workflow of the company. We know your business has your own set of goals that needs a unique space. Let us collaborate with you as we take the vision for your new office and make it a reality. Contact us today for a Free Layout Design for your office!