Monday, November 4, 2013

Office design 101

An open office system features desks clustered together in groups with no cubicles and walls.

For many business startups and professional partnerships that only need a small office space, designing it on your own might be more practical. There are several things to consider when it comes to office design and shared workspaces.

A major decision you will face as you design your office is whether to have a closed or an open system for your office. This will largely depend on your type of business. Is it something that involves creativity and collaboration? Or is it no-nonsense and very task-oriented?

Open system

An open office system features desks clustered together in groups with no cubicles and walls. Best for creative businesses such as advertising, marketing and design, it encourages collaboration and discussion of ideas. If your type of business thrives on a steady flow of thoughts and ideas, the open system will help you grow your business.

Closed system

A closed system uses walls and cubicles to segregate personal workspaces.

On the other hand, a closed system uses walls and cubicles to segregate personal workspaces. For high-security types of businesses such as banks or insurance companies, and for individualistic kinds of work such as accounting, finance and law, the closed office system is the better option. It will minimize office gossip and procrastination caused by socialization, and it will allow employees to focus on the task at hand.

In choosing the right office system for your type of business, you can create a conducive work environment for your employees to be effective and efficient. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that only one kind of system should be used. Depending on your office’s specific needs, it may also be combination of the two systems. - Aislinn Kee 


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