What is the Perfect Office Space?

We don’t have a lot of time on this earth! We weren’t meant to spend it this way! Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses drone on about mission statements!Peter Gibbons, Office Space

 

If you have ever worked in a cubicle you can understand that quote.

 

Although much maligned by movies like Office Space,  companies continue to move to open spaces that make collaboration easier and save money on real estate. Which is a win-win in my book. But the infographic below might give you pause (click here to read the source article).

 

What do you think? Are open offices good? Bad? If its good enough for Facebook is it good enough for your office?

 

Considering moving to an open office plan? Two good articles to start the conversation:

How To Create An Open Office Plan That Is More Awesome For Both Introverts and Extroverts

Offices For All! Why Open Office Layouts Are Bad For Employees, Bosses, And Productivity

 

Anatomy of the Perfect Office Space - Open Spaces vs. Cubicles

Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

 

  • Chris Fields, MLHR

    Actually, I’d like to know what you think?

    • Melissa Fairman

      I think open office spaces are a good idea when done right. Which means:
      1. Use a white noise machine in open spaces.
      2. Make sure there are plenty of conference rooms both big and small to hold meetings and private discussions.
      3. Invest in technology that makes it easy to schedule rooms and determine availability
      4. Encourage people to make their cubes their own .

      The problem with open offices is the implementation. Many companies only care about the cost savings and don’t put any thought into what it will be like to actually work in the space.

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