Working in an office cubicle can be peaceful – but much like the desk mini-bar cart and ashtray stand of the ‘60s, it’s increasingly becoming a thing of the past.
As big bosses strive to save money and space, they’re reshuffling desks and fiddling with temperature gauges – and with that came the open office plan.
The open plan has turned concepts into projects, caused hierarchies to loosen up and more walls to come down. And in modern workspaces, the corner office is no longer seen as the ultimate spot. But that’s obviously not the case in the Philippines, where offices are still divided into walls and cubicles.
So why should you switch to open-plan?
Increases Employee Performance
According to a study published in the Harvard Business Review, companies that switch from closed-office to an open plan office experience performance increases.
Projectsunlimited.com.ph says such changes to the office floor plan must be carefully planned to be effective, however.
An open-plan concept also facilitates communication between employees of different departments or those who do not interact regularly. This removes the idea that to talk to another employee, you must first talk to their supervisor, which is inefficient and only wastes time. In other words, an open plan space promotes a multi-level, free flow of information among co-workers.
Saves Space and Money
With fewer cubicles, more employees fit into less space. You can’t really put a person in a 6×6 cubicle comfortably – that’s like putting them in a prison cell. You can, however, easily put an employee in a 6×6 or even a 6×4 desk in an open plan environment, reducing the amount of space you use substantially.
The biggest fear in transitioning to an open concept is the lack of privacy. Yes, privacy will be limited compared to the traditional office layout, but that’s only a simple trade-off – increased employee performance, better communication, and more savings for privacy.