Pros & Cons of Open Office Space

Many companies, choose open office layouts. Open offices have large, communal desks and spaces instead of cubicles or closed, individual offices. If you’re considering an open office, here are a few pros and cons for this type of layout.

Open offices foster creativity, improves communication, encourages collaborations and brainstorming. With coworkers/team members within close visual proximity, you’re able to simply lean over and bounce ideas off each other. It’s easy to feel isolated depending on your office layout but with a layout like this there’s less feeling of isolation, you’re surrounded by your coworkers all day. Who says you can’t have fun at the office? Open offices in particular can be a fun, social place to work. Who doesn’t want to go to work each day to a place they have fun and feel comfortable? In these offices they tend to have couch areas, large spaces for group activities, and generally have an energetic feel to them.

The downside to working in an open office environment is that it can get very distracting from time to time depending on how busy the office is. Whether it’s a coworker on a long call, someone typing loudly or the rustling of snack bags. Although it’s good to be in close proximity to share ideas, the temptation to socialize can be overwhelming. If you’re working on a project and need to focus this can be a major hindrance. You also can’t really control the environment as much, and there’s definitely a lack of privacy and structure.

In general, an office space and environment should be based on how you want things to function, the type of company and what work is being done as well as represent the makeup of your team.