Any office-based business needs to think about spatial design sooner or later. The most important choice to make when designing an office-floorplan is the basic structure. What separates individual and open plan offices? Today we look at the pros and cons of each side of the spatial planning coin.
The Benefits of Open-Plan Office Design
Currently seen as the more modern option, benefits of open-plan offices include increased collaboration and communication, and optimised flexibility. Open-plan offices are also ideal for simplifying your approach to setting up lighting and airflow. Let’s take a closer look at each of these, and find out why they’re so important.
In individual-office based workplaces, it’s common for people to allow themselves to tend towards distant behaviour. Workers arrive, close their doors, and then stay there. It’s easier for teams set up this way to be unaware of what each member is achieving or struggling with on a day-to-day basis. Open-plan offices completely re-work this old office dynamic. Co-workers are able to share their progress, and absorb the wider context of the company from each other. In this way, your team is able to help each other on the fly, and stay up to date with company culture.
Open-plan offices also help foster communication between departments that might not come in contact otherwise. Rather than entrench the concept that in order to speak to someone in the company, you need to approach their team leader, open-planning allows communication to flow freely and efficiently, without wasting time going through third-parties.
Start-ups especially can benefit from open-plan offices – when you have a business that you expect to grow, keeping your floorplan modular is vital. As your team expands, adding more desks is much easier to arrange and manage than adding new offices.
Finally, open planning reinforces the value of your team as a whole. Having management work in the open with their teams de-mystifies their roles, and helps them be more approachable, leading to more efficient workflow.
The Benefits of Focus Zones (Enclosed Office Spaces)
Some workspaces or groups of employees may require focus zones, for a number of reasons. If your business involves a lot of phone calls, for example, the noise of employees working, and the potential distraction they pose to each other make focus zones an essential requirement. Cubicles can provide increased privacy, and a dedicated focus area to work.
Which Direction Is Best?
In the modern office design world, and open plan environment is a must – the trick is knowing how to apply the strategy and make it work for your business. Here at DB Interiors, we have the knowledge and experience to help you implement a flexible strategy suited perfectly to your company. Reach out to our friendly team today.