By now, most workplaces are familiar with the well-known trend called the open office. It's defined as an open area that lacks enclosed rooms and high barriers. While this seems like a perfect layout for businesses that depend on collaboration, many people don't realize the conflicts it can cause.
Disruptions are the number one reason this layout does not succeed in some offices. With people being so close in an open environment, there are risks of constant interruptions or overhearing other people's personal conversations. By not having that little bit of privacy, it limits employee's work production and even their overall well-being. Studies have shown that these types of offices have a higher rate of people who take sick days.
It's not to say that the open office is a completely toxic plan for every work environment; it's just not a perfect solution for certain companies. Most businesses still need the collaboration aspect, just not all the time. Luckily, the answer to these issues lies in the slowly growing concept called flexible offices. The new generation of offices allow people to have an open or closed work space as an option. They can choose whether they want to work in a closed office or the lounge or whatever communal area they feel will maximize their work production.
In result, the flex office leads to a happy work staff! For more information on this visit: http://fortune.com/2016/05/12/the-open-office-concept-is-dead/. If you think your office needs to be a little more flexible, be sure and give us a call at (512) 992-0392.