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The Pros and Cons of an Open Floor Plan

April 26, 2017

Though it was originally derived in Germany back in the 1950s, the “open office” concept has recently become a rising trend across the country. Now, over half of all American workers experience an open workspace — but are there any benefits? Below are just some of the pros and cons of the anti-office setup:

Pro: Creative thinking increases
An open floor plan can improve interactions between colleagues, leading to a more collaborative environment. This leaves your company with productive and creative workers.

Con: Lack of focus
A lack of cubicles and walls can be a bit noisy and at times distracting for some, but there are ways to block out the daily noise. Offering your employees a quiet space or use of headphones can increase their performance and focus.

Pro: It makes you more approachable as a superior
Sitting in close quarters makes supervisors more friendly, allowing their employees to feel more comfortable to discuss ideas or concerns. With more visibility, you’ll also have a better understanding of your employees’ workload and daily duties.

Con: Close quarters means more germs
People are bound to get ill. When they do, close quarters can lead to a domino effect of sick employees leaving you with an empty office.

Pro: You can fit more employees
An open floor space is ideal for an ever growing company because you can comfortably sit more employees. And if you have to rearrange the setup, it will be less stressful (as there are fewer desks and cubes to move).

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