Open plan offices are probably one of the most contentious subjects in office design. Everyone seems to have a strong opinion on whether an office should be open plan or a more traditional design. The evidence is mixed on which office plan type is better for productivity. Some businesses claim open plan offices drastically increase communication and collaboration, while others claim exactly the opposite. Open plan is less expensive, but some studies show it may make employees sick. For every pro, there is a con. But the debate doesn’t have to be between open plan or traditional. A flexible, well-designed space can incorporate elements of traditional offices as well as open plan. Here are some things to consider when deciding how open plan your space should be:
Designing a workspace can be daunting. People react to the environment around them. The right design can increase productivity, foster good communication, and improve well-being. For help deciding between open plan, traditional, or somewhere in between, contact us.