Pros and Cons of an open plan office
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large, open plan offices have become the norm across both small
and large organisations all over the world. The main benefit and
behind the open design comes from keeping costs at bay, hugely welcomed
being in such close proximity to colleagues can have their
good and bad points. From too much noise, to believe it or not too
noise, join us as we weigh up the pros and cons of working in an open
of staff communication
being in close contact with your colleagues will lead to
greater opportunities for discussion, and encourage the sharing of
an open plan office communicating becomes easier and much more
in morale and productivity
walls and doors to create a more isolated working environment,
an open plan office creates a more informal environment. Impromptu
can help foster good professional and personal relationships, and is a
influence in team building. It could even push you to stay competitive
huge pull factor for employers, an open plan office dramatically
reduces the amount of floor space needed, meaning that more employees
housed in a smaller space. You will be using less heating and
a greener approach to office space.
allows for expansion
business is booming and you are regularly recruiting, an open plan
office can quickly be changed with minimal effort. A simple addition or
reshuffle of desks can be a quick and easy solution for a growing
offering the ultimate in workplace flexibility.
everyone is in a centralised area, it is easier for managers to keep
track of their employees and the progress they are making. Managers are
likely to be in constant contact, therefore problems are dealt with
issues solved before they start to spiral out of control.
telephones ringing, and numerous discussions happening
simultaneously around your desk, noise is one of the biggest problems
open plan office. Not even the best multi- tasker can keep up
conversations at once! Unfortunately, the distraction of noise at work
linked to a decrease in productivity and increased stress levels.
the other hand, deathly silence can also cause issues in an open plan
office. People may be reluctant to talk in a very quiet office as they
aware that their colleagues will be able to hear their conversations,
that levels of communication are actually reduced.
on confidential projects can be difficult. Those working close
to you can have easy access to your computer screen and be able to
listen in on
important phone calls. Security risks may also be an issue, as there
locks and obstacles for an intruder to face.
in close proximity means a hot bed for infections to spread.
Coughs, colds and flus spread like wildfire in an open environment,
that your entire workforce could be out of action at the same time.
X Constant Interruptions
you have a deadline to meet, then the “stop, start” interruptions
from your colleagues wanting advice or guidance can be terribly
Although you can turn off email, it is not so easy to limit such
caused by your co-workers.
we are constantly connected, at work, at home and on the go, perhaps
the approach of an open plan office is losing its appeal. Employees may
their productivity working at home or even in a more informal location
coffee shop from time to time. No matter what, due to their economic
open plan offices are still here to stay.
you enjoy working in an open plan office, or would your productivity
levels benefit from a rethinking of an office layout?
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2013-11-30 14:22:38 in Business Articles