There are endless arguments for and against an open-office plan. The votes are divided with ‘for’ from employers and ‘against’ from employees. To identify which is right or better, let’s understand more about the difference.
The differences between the open-office and closed office:
A closed office set up is the more traditional type of office. The office is divided with rooms or cubicles and commonly separated by departments. The close office is appealing because it offers privacy and quiet workplace.
An open office is where an entire floor, or indeed a large room, holds all of the firm’s employees, separated only by desks. The workers are generally sitting alongside one another. There are no internal walls, cubicles or dividers in an open office. There is no privacy, and often, an open plan office can be very noisy. But, the productivity and creativity of employees in this kind of setup are higher.
How the furniture differs
As closed offices usually have much smaller quarters than open-plan layouts, the furniture held in them is also different. The table can usually only accommodate one or two people, and they can be created entirely for a single person with either a more traditional or modern design.
The presence of walls means that there is room for wall art and there may also be cupboards or units that sit against the walls, to provide more floor space to provide walkways.
Furniture in open-plan offices is quite unconventional. As it is a relatively modern invention, the table system is likewise current and geared up to hold a wide array of computer devices. The table will have purpose-built openings and tunnels for computer leads and other cables to go through, thereby keeping the wiring in area neat and removing trip hazards. No division, cubicles or room for this kind of office plan.
How offices affect workers:
Closed offices can lead to employees feeling separated from other workers, and offices with walls will be undoubtedly quieter, and consequently perhaps less dynamic than an open-plan. The advantage of a closed office is privacy, this kind of set up is ideal for financial service companies.
The advantage of open-plan offices for employers means that more people can be accommodated in the one large space, which in turn keeps the employee feel included. However, this has a drawback for workers who complain that they have too little private space in which to work. Such undesired close proximity to peers, sustained throughout the working week, can lead to higher anxiety levels, and result in disputes.
There is also the less control over the atmosphere in an open office. For example, two or three people sharing a smaller office could perhaps agree that the room is too warm or too cold and alter the thermostat accordingly.
Overall, there are many matters to contemplate when choosing the most suitable office space plan for your company. The size of your workforce is important, the above pointers will positively be useful when making the decision to take on a commercial office lease.
If you need help making the decisions, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can help formulate the best office space plan for you and your team.
Source: Close Office vs Open-Office Plan