As an organization you know that your greatest and most important assets are your employees! Providing a quality, comfortable and stress-free workplace can provide them with the environment to think, collaborate, improve the creative process and do their most productive work.

To help assess whether this approach is best for you, below are some key advantages and challenges to consider.

ADVANTAGES:

  1. Increased Collaboration. One of the greatest benefits when the walls and cubicles come down is a sense of increased collaboration, teamwork and togetherness; inspiring communication and creativity. Interpersonal relationships may be more easily developed through increased communication and overall, individuals may feel more approachable and accessible.
  2. Informal and spontaneous conversations allowed in an open plan can spark brainstorming sessions outside of scheduled meetings and may result in new and creative approaches that lead to key problem solving.
  3. Reduced construction and material costs. As the footprint for shared spaces is typically somewhat smaller allowing maximization of space; there may also be a reduction to heating, cooling and electrical costs due to improved flow and air and natural daylight for one larger central area. And, the open plan allows for greater flexibility when it comes time to make changes to your working space.

CHALLENGES:

  1. Providing Privacy and Security can be difficult to manage with an open office plan. Confidential calls can be difficult or embarrassing, computer screens become visible by those walking by and illnesses can spread easily among coworkers during flu season. Shared spaces and open environments often do not provide secure desk space storage for personal items.
  1. Open office spaces are Noisier in several ways and can be more chaotic and distracting than closed office plans, which may lead to diminished productivity making it more difficult for employees to concentrate on their work.

SOLUTIONS:  While the advent of contemporary Open Office Designs have become embraced as the new norm by many these days, they are often equipped with high, unfinished ceilings, concrete floors and hard surfaces without acoustical properties.  Acoustic solutions have become as much a part of the new workplace necessity as the interior design itself. The necessity to incorporate some adaptive, private workstations along with versatility and flexibility within the entire design process for break-out and comfort areas with soft seating, mobile collaborative areas and the addition of living walls can all assist in improving employee attraction, retention, and engagement. For more information about Solutions for your office space please contact us today!

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