Open Plan / Cellular Offices
Although there are some office functions that require enclosed office areas, whether for security or confidentiality purposes, the tendency is to move away from traditional closed cellular offices towards a more open plan office layout.
Consider the following advantages of open plan office space:
- Improved interaction between staff on a regular basis: more frequent & less formal.
- Sense of camaraderie and a team spirit.
- Enhanced flow of information and teamwork.
- Increased productivity due to streamlined workflow and teamwork.
- Stimulation of business innovation and advancement.
- Cost savings tied to construction, utilities and office equipment.
- Reduced heating and cooling requirements with improved flow of air and light.
- Improved efficiency due to shared resources such as printers & copiers, etc.
- Greater flexibility to accommodate evolving personnel needs in the longer term.
- Higher density of staff accommodated in a certain floor space, reducing the rental cost of office space.
On the downside, the following disadvantages should also be considered:
- High level of interaction may lead to noise and distractions.
- Difficulty for some employees to focus on their work.
- Lack of privacy may be problematic: telephone conversations may be overheard.
- Lack of confidentiality: confidential information on desks and computer screens.
- Facilitates the spread of disease which may affect the entire staff if not contained.
- Any negative impact on the staff will relate to negative impact on the business due to reduced productivity.