An open-plan office is designed to eliminate or minimize barriers such as walls or doors in the workplace so as to facilitate innovation, creativity and productivity. This design trend is gaining popularity for various reasons – read on and find out if an open-plan office appeals to you!
1. Networking. Open offices facilitate direct communication between employees. They can have opportunities to share ideas and discuss casually without having to arrange meetings (let’s agree that we can all do with a few meetings less). Studies have shown that open-plan offices have helped to reduce hierarchy by keeping communication open and lively, with employees feeling more integrated into the team than everyone hidden behind cubicles.
2. Reducing distraction. Working in an open space, employees tend to be more self-aware and focus on work. Managers can also become more aware of what employees are doing, thus reducing the need (urge) to micro-manage.
3. Optimization of light and air. An open plan workplace allows light and air to flow better throughout the office. If cubicles give you claustrophobia, the open, airy feeling will make you feel more comfortable putting in your hours at the office.
4. Cost cutting. Sharing is caring! Rather than providing a set of stationery and an individual printer for each cubicle, all employees can share such supplies and equipment. This saves cost in the long run – oh, and did we mention that open-plan spaces cost lower to build?
5. Easy restructuring. Adjusting, moving and restructuring is much simpler and less costly with an open-plan office.
While people may avoid open-plan offices due to the perceived lack of privacy, modern open-plan offices can be designed to make everyone feel at home. Thus, life is short, work somewhere awesome!
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