Office layouts play a crucial role
in the success of the company and the productivity of its
employees. As more corporations and businesses get creative with
their offices, the debate on the preferred layout continues.
Much has been said about the
traditional office spaces that placed employees in work
cubicles or enclosed spaces. This is seen as a means to increase
concentration by limiting unwanted noises or distractions during
work execution. Previously, it was also recognized as an effective
mechanism to control the interactions of the worker or employee
placed in such a layout.
However, the workplace continues to
evolve as time progresses. Given the change in the overall
demographic and sentiment towards the traditional office spaces, an
open office space layout seems to be the most viable option.
Forbes, open office layouts are a "big thing" in office design.
It promises more synergy and productivity by making unlikely
subjects interact and collaborate better. Many users praise it for
bringing faster responses and solving problems with
However, such transparency and
camaraderie resulted in three big problems: noise, interruptions,
and lack of privacy. The concept of "office serendipity" or
institutional eavesdropping proved to be bad for attention span,
creativity, thinking and overall satisfaction. A study from
Cornell University revealed that a 3-hour long noise exposure
leads to higher anxiety or fight-or-flight level.
Experts say that it is possible to
achieve the best of both worlds when it comes to office layout.
Collaboration and concentration can exist by diversifying spaces.
Spaces with varied levels of privacy such as allocating
concentration hubs, private spaces, and open areas - can address
issues raised for both layouts.
In a separate
article, Anjali Mullany wrote that establishing rules per space
also helps in making the fusion of traditional and open space
layouts successful. Getting management out there by imposing an
open door policy can help employees and superiors feel more
In terms of design, the Harvard Business
Review reminds workplace designers to consider three important
considerations. Factoring proximity, privacy, and permission in the
design are proven to improve interactions in the workplace.
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