When setting up a space for your office, you’ll have a decision to make: classic cubicles or an open office layout. We all know what cubicles are, but what about the famed open office layout? Open office layouts lack the walls and sections that cubicle office spaces have. Instead, the office space acts as a single open room with employees efficiently grouped. Both types of office layouts have benefits and disadvantages, and there are many things to consider before making a decision. Let us examine some perks of open office designs.
Benefits for Employees
By removing walls and physical barriers in an open office layout, employees have an easier time interacting with each other. This is good for collaboration and impromptu meetings. Even mild intermingling among employees helps keep morale up among the workforce. Also, the office culture and dynamic is much more transparent. This is good for polite and mannerly interactions. Colleagues can ask for advice or help without having to get up and encroach on another’s personal space. In fact, employees typically have more personal space and working areas in open office designs. The benefits aren’t only for employees but also for supervisors. With an open physical area, management doesn’t have to do ‘rounds’ to check in on workers. In addition, everyone is within eyesight, so tracking down a specific person should not prove too difficult.
Benefits for Business
Increased collaboration from employees working together in an efficient way can further business innovation. More innovation leads to more success, which leads to more profit all around. Furthermore, open office layouts typically are far cheaper for several reasons. First, office construction, utilities, and office equipment are all reduced. No cubicles mean no extra cost for such materials. An open physical layout is also more energy-efficient than traditional offices or cubicles. Lastly, an open office layout can hold significantly more employees because there is no extra office equipment taking up room. If a specific event is coming up on the schedule reorganizing the room is much easier when there aren’t cubicles or heavy half walls. This can reduce the required cost and manpower for administrative tasks.
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