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The Four Types of Open Office Options.

Over the last few years, “open offices” have become the norm for offices. The benefits are evident enough: it encourages communication between all staff, including management, it creates an “open day” policy and it boosts a flatter and equal hierarchy. They are also less expensive than other office options and therefore are popular with management.

When it come to open office types, there are four distinct types that are popular. We break down them and highlight why they stand out.

Half-Partitions:

This will allow workers to talk to each with half-barriers holding them back. This is great for allowing communication but also providing a little bit of privacy. This is great for teams as it makes them communicate, but also gives them the space to work on their own. The question is, will noise influence person’s workflow or encourage it?

Cubicles:
Essentially a box, with only three walls. This provides complete privacy for workers and will ensure they work in complete silence. The problem is, it limits their communication to fellow workers and management, and might affect their happiness at work. It depends on what type of workplace that you are running, so cubicles might work.

Team Boxes:
This basically means teams work together in one desk, but they are not distracted by other teams. This is great for communication and brainstorming ideas, as well as working in a flow. However, there is a lack of privacy, as you will have to share everything with your team. Once again, this varies on the workplace and work your office does. Most workplaces have a separate team box, so they can work together, then go back to their own desks to complete their work.

Completely Open:
No partitions, no cubicles, just one big desk where everyone can see everyone else. While this will not provide any privacy of any sort, it does encourage communication between teams, workers and management to openly collaborate with each other. Once again, noise might be the factor, but if in a quiet workplace, it might work.

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