Workers in virtually all industries have experienced the pros and cons of open office layouts. This type of work environment surged in popularity over the last few decades, but businesses are realizing they need a change.
Here’s a look at why open offices are so prevalent today, why workers struggle with them, and how you can fix issues like lack of confidentiality by using meeting pods.
The Upside of Open Office Floor Plans
Open office layouts sit at the nexus of business efficiency, modern design, and budgetary concerns.
The absence of walls and formal offices means employees can collaborate more easily. Managers can see what employees are doing at all times.
In industries like technology, where creativity is king, letting employees brainstorm freely leads to innovation and therefore financial success. Interior design got in on the act by capitalizing on this trend, eliminating conventional furnishings.
Sofas replaced desks, and break spaces merged with workspaces so employees could gab about projects over coffee or pinball.