Does an Open Office Design Work for You?

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Open Office Design refers to an office space design that utilizes large, open spaces and minimizes the use of small, enclosed rooms such as private offices. A key element of open offices is an abundance of common use spaces. The idea is that these spaces foster impromptu conversations and brainstorming sessions. They're also places to relax, since workers at companies experimenting with open office design are encouraged to consider the office their second home. The intent is to foster a sense of equality and enhanced communication in an open office space. It's as likely you’d sit next to a junior employee you would the CEO.
Traditional office designs are characterized by private offices usually situated along the window-line (with corner offices often assigned to senior managers and C-suite executives) and interior cubicles in a central “bull-pen” area.  For certain workers, there is a benefit to having a private space, one that allows you to tune out exterior noise and hustle and focus on the current task without interruption.  

Those who require a single designated desk and confidential communications (like lawyers and accountants) usually do better in a traditional setting.


What works best for your company depends on the nature of your business. In deciding on whether to go the traditional or open office route it’s important to think about the number of people you are intending to occupy your space.  As a general rule, with a traditional office you can expect to utilize about 250 SF of office area for every occupant; with an open office that SF requirement is usually less, sometimes as low as 100 SF per occupant. Workers who need to collaborate and think creatively (like architects or advertising professionals) often excel in open office environments. Those who require a single designated desk and confidential communications (like lawyers and accountants) usually do better in a traditional setting.

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