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When it comes to your team, getting everyone together on the same page is a priority – but it’s also important to make sure your workers have their own areas for the moments when they really need to focus. Here’s how private work areas can help your employees strike that balance:
Private workspaces are an alternative to an open floor plan
More and more companies are changing their interior design to incorporate an open plan. That means that most or all employees are set up in a single room with desks lined up, shared, or spread sporadically across the space. The idea of this design is to promote interaction, cut down the walls (literally) between colleagues, and to create a more casual workplace. And it makes sense. Who wants to be cooped up in a boxy office?
The open floor plan can work. Retracting walls can inspire employees to work together and go to one another with ideas. But it turns out that some companies that don’t also provide private spaces are running into issues.
Employees report that a strictly open layout can be distracting during certain tasks. And some set-ups don’t provide the opportunity to interact the way employers envisioned. In response, some workers bring in a set of chunky, noise-canceling headphones and punch away on their keyboards, wishing they had some privacy or personal time during their workdays.
What’s the solution?
Certain office designs may need to be a little less open for employers to get the most bang for their buck. HuffPo business reporter Shane Ferro writes, “people, it turns out, need privacy sometimes.” It shouldn’t come as a shock, when you consider that employees spend eight (if not more) hours of their waking day in the office. Occasional privacy isn’t just a want – it’s a need.
That’s where private workspaces come into play. They close off a small amount of space for employees and leave the surrounding areas open. Workers have a little seclusion while not feeling cooped up – and they’re approachable.
And semi-private areas can encourage a team-based working environment, making collaboration easy, appropriate, and fun. According to the Harvard Business Review, “Collaborative work happens best in spaces that accommodate a group of four to eight people physically or virtually or in a larger team space with multiple small pods where people can still see each other. It’s also important to give everyone equal access to on-line and on-site information.”
Workplace design has a big impact on your team’s ability to work and collaborate
And that’s not something to take lightly. If you’re looking for an optimal design for your office, reach out to the experts at Compass Office Solutions. We’re always ready to walk you through the process, from design and ordering to installation, and we’ll customize a plan that works with your space and budget. Ready for a consultation? Contact us today.