If you’ve ever stopped by the Bluewater office, you may have noticed the lack of cubicle walls and the open environment. Open floorplans are quickly replacing this idea, but before you ditch the idea entirely and reorganize your office, here are some pros and cons to consider when it comes to an open office concept for your business:
What are the Pros?
With the lack of barriers, people are more likely to communicate and collaborate as a team.
Open offices are cost-effective, with less overhead, it is easier to make sure each employee has what they need to get the job done.
An open office plan means you don’t have to commit to one layout, it opens up the options for you to maximize flexibility. Rearrange, however, and whenever, you want!
By not having walls or cubicles, it makes the space feel larger and opens up the room with more natural light and air circulation spilling around.
What are the Con’s?
One of the biggest cons is distractions. You can hear multiple conversations throughout the day and can see everyone moving around.
These distractions are caused by a lack of privacy that previous cubicle walls can provide.
Some employees can feel stress in an open office environment feeling they have to constantly give the appearance of productivity. Over-multitasking can lead to frustration or ineffectiveness.
GERMS. An open office means one less thing holding back those little creatures from spreading.
An open office concept may sound appealing, but they aren’t for everyone. It is important to make sure you consider all of the positives as well as the negatives when making this decision for your business.