There’s a lot of hype about the open workspace design of many modern offices. An open workspace is one room with many workstations, the idea being that this type of workspace is more conducive to collaboration and leads to healthier employees. But is this patently true for all employees? Probably not. As with most things, some employees will thrive in an open floor plan office, while others would benefit from working in a private cubicle.
Here are a few reasons why you may want to consider including cubicles in your office floor plan:
For certain types of people and certain types of tasks, an open floor plan is not ideal. Depending on the nature of the work, an employee might not be able to give their full attention to the task at hand when there’s a lot of distraction. It’s not just audio distractions, comings and goings of co-workers can break concentration as well.
In an open floor plan, everyone can see what everyone else is doing. Mostly this type of interaction promotes productivity and team-building, but it also puts pressure on your employees. Your employees may feel uncomfortable being the first one to leave at the end of the day or the last one in in the morning.
If a worker is stationed near a supervisor’s station, they might feel pressure to perform optimally at all times and can’t relax. These feelings can become overwhelming and affect your workers’ productivity levels.
The peer pressure of being constantly surrounded by fellow workers and the low-level noise and visual distractions can lead to stress build-up in your employees. The stress is subtle, but even low amounts of stress can lead to time management issues and even compromise your employees’ immune systems.
In the modern working world, open office plans are very popular, but an employer should think about their employees’ varied work styles. Much like in other areas of life, people’s preferences when it comes to working are very different – some prefer total silence whereas some like the hustle and bustle of an open office.
Be sensitive to the needs of all your employees. Consider a hybrid office design that includes open meeting areas as well as private cubicles. The experts at Office Furniture Direct have many options for you to custom match your office space with your workers’ needs. Your employees will thank you.