Why an Open-Plan Office May Be Suitable For Your Business

Posted by: George, on 12/07/2013

Every now and then, you hear a news story about the way a company is able to boost productivity by improving its office layout, or how, conversely, it ruined its chances of competitive prominence by adopting an office plan not conducive to employee performance. Either way you analyse this kind of story, you invariably would realise that planning and personnel feedback are essential elements in increasing employee morale—and overall productivity, for that matter. An open-plan office has various advantages, including improved collaboration and greater employee along with a renewed commitment to occupational focus, learning and socialising.

A Few Basics Before We Move On
Irrespective of the office layout you choose, don’t minimise the impact that the workplace has on employee morale. You should conduct preliminary surveys before moving into a new locale, making sure you address all relevant concerns as best as possible. The goal here is not to meet all employee demands—an impossible feat, I know—but to strike the right balance between personnel comfort, productivity and corporate goals. Budgeting considerations also are part of the decision-making process, so make sure you don’t break your bank by fulfilling employees’ workplace aspirations without ensuring that they fit with your financial objectives.

Focus is one thing that improves when personnel work in an open-plan office, say Sydney-based occupational experts who have studied people’s productivity in different settings. If you talk to specialists such as interior designers, architects and removalists, there is also a consensus on the fact that focus tends to go up when staff members work in an open-layout setting. That may sound a bit counterintuitive, but it seems that employees focus more and get the job done on time if they know someone is watching them.

Frank S., a retired removals expert and occupational specialist based in Sydney, says collaboration goes up substantially in an overt-plan setting. This observation makes sense because camaraderie is most likely to spring up among staff members if they see each other more frequently and work more closely.

Employees learn more effectively if they can collaborate among themselves, focusing on the tasks at hand and learning the rudiments of the trade by reaching out to senior staff as much as possible. This increased learning ability translates well on productivity, explains Frank S., our Sydney-based removalist expert.

Newsroom panorama

Needless to say, your personnel can socialise better in an open-plan office. Considering the workplace layout, barriers you typically notice in a cubicle-bound office or close-plan setting are more likely to recede. It is not uncommon to see greater intermingling among employees of all hierarchical levels, from staff high up in the organisational chart to the rank and file.

An open-plan office layout helps not only in the moving process—say expert removalists—it also gradually lifts your employees’ productivity numbers. Several factors explain that increased performance, including better learning and socialisation. Collaboration and focus also help augment staff output, especially when you couple the open-plan office with effective communication plans.

By George B (follow me on Google)