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The Pros and Cons of Open Offices

July 19th, 2016

In today’s fast-paced business world, flexibility has become a desirable perk to offer your team members. Today’s workers not only crave flexibility in terms of on-the-job hours in order to spend more time with their families, but they also are seeking a flexible physical environment in which the stuffy confines of traditional office cubicles are lifted. This creates a new workspace trend called open offices; read on to learn about the pros and cons of this new approach.

Does your workplace have an open office floor plan?

Does your workplace have an open office floor plan?

3 Pros of Open Offices

  1. Allows for a More Cohesive Team

According to Inc., open offices ensure quick collaboration. “Employees can quickly scan the immediate area and locate fellow team members who are hard at work alongside them. By eliminating the need to send emails or wander the office searching for people, organizations are sure that teams will collaborate more, benefiting their bottom line.”

  1. Increased Natural Lighting

Artificial light isn’t just unattractive; it can actually make your employees sick. Open offices are by nature, open, and this floor plan can increase health and wellness by providing lots of natural lighting. Having access to windows increases workplace productivity, reduces the risk of digital eye strain and helps combat computer vision syndrome.

  1. Save on Costs

Open offices allow the employer to save money on furniture and workplace infrastructure. Since there is no need for cubicle walls, capital can instead be spent on developing collaborative workspace and shared desk areas.

2 Cons of Open Offices

  1. Easier for Germs to Spread

In the winter months especially, cold and flu germs spread through workplaces like wildfire. Open offices unfortunately can aid in the spread of disease since there are more common areas and shared equipment than in a traditional office setting. Be sure to set out hand sanitizer and encourage team members to stay home if they are feeling sick.

  1. More Distractions

If employees no longer have to send an email to reach a team member and can instead get up and talk to them directly, this may create more distractions in the workplace. When an email arrives, a worker can decide how high of a priority it is to answer is and this helps to streamline communication. If you’re getting poked on the shoulder every five minutes by a team member with a quick question, your productivity could suffer.

Open offices are becoming more popular than ever; do you plan to try this approach? For more tips on keeping your employees productive, motivated and engaged, read additional articles on our blog or contact us today.

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