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Evolving Offices: Are Cubicle Farms Going Extinct?

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

The office is a forever-changing environment. Some changes are more noticeable than others. One major change happening in offices is the removal of the cubicle farm. Many business brands no longer want cubicle arrangements in the office. Instead, they want a variety of work settings.

Why are cubicles less desirable in office environments? Employers need employees to collaborate more in order for their business to succeed in operations and profit margin goals.

The work environment is no longer top-down. The hierarchical office management style of better work title, bigger office is obsolete.

Now, all that matters in office management layout style is creating an environment where people can thrive and create the next big thing or introduce the next big idea.

Employers don’t want employees to close the doors of their offices and think big thoughts about how to expand brand awareness and profit.

They want employees to roam the office, collaborate more with each other and visit clients. This new interaction between workers and clients makes meeting areas in the office more appealing than individual workspaces.

Meeting areas include pantry/break areas and soft seating areas in the office lounge. This office layout will enable employees to cross paths more in the office and exchange great ideas. Technology should be incorporated in these settings as well. This can be accomplished with lounge tables including plug-ins for computers to help employees work away from their traditional desks settings.

Enclosed meeting rooms are also in high demand that provide a quiet space for groups of people to gather for video conferencing.

Another great addition to the office is benching space in these areas. Benching is when a number of employees sit at a single workbench or work surface. The bench can incorporate dividers to add personal space for employees. The design can also incorporate small filing cabinets that can roll under the bench.

To keep your office modern in design and furnishing, go for light and mobile furniture rather than heavy, bulk furniture and paneled systems.

Create an office atmosphere that accommodates teams for informal and formal meetings while still providing office space for employees to work individually. Diverse office space will allow employees and clients alike to always find a space that suits their needs.

For more information on better office design layout read Office Design: How To Improve Office Comfort And Productivity and The Benefits of Flexible Office Furniture.

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Source: http://www.facilitiesnet.com/commercialofficefacilities/article/New-Ways-of-Working–12577