Office Space Trends | Advantages & Disadvantages Of Open Space In The Office

For several years now, offices and offices around the world have decided to opt for a design model that would lead to the creation of open spaces instead of private offices.


The advantages of this type of space organization are many, but we must not lose sight of its disadvantages, such as the possible loss of worker concentration due to the presence of environmental noise (telephone conversations, improvised meetings in common spaces ...).

This trend, which is also widespread in homes, has many implications for day-to-day life and the quality of work of the people who interact in these spaces.

Today in our blog we talk about how to make the best use of the diaphanous space of an office while preventing and preventing, at the same time, the disadvantages that this type of spatial design can have for the pace of work, concentration, motivation and productivity of our human team

Advantages of the Open Space in the Office

Let's start by remembering three of the main advantages of turning our office into a diaphanous work space:

It allows collaborative work. Today, collaborative work is one of the main strategies that a company has in its hands to solve problems and advance tight deadlines in a project. Logically, collaborative work is not effective for all tasks, but for those who need the union of different professionals.

Save space. By replacing the walls of individual offices with the implementation of elements of a diaphanous space we are saving very necessary and onerous meters, especially in large cities.

Better opportunities to take advantage of natural light for more office spaces.
Improves interpersonal and interdepartmental communication. The elimination of barriers, offices and doors not only makes it easier for workers to communicate better with their co-workers, it also avoids the traditional ostracism of the tobacco shops. These spaces help the communication of the company flow better, but also unite the personal ties between the members of the same organization that work in different areas of work.

Disadvantages of the Open Space in the Office

Like everything in this life, each coin has its cross and, thus, the implementation of this trend in our office has its own disadvantages. Let's see two of the disadvantages most commented by the defenders of the design of private workspaces and, also, the solutions offered by a good integral design of workspaces.

Increase of Distractors: 
In an active and energetic workspace, there are many distracters: phone calls, conversations between the members of a team, steps, mobile phone rings ... These daily noises can affect the concentration of workers and managers, especially when they must perform complex tasks. The solution to eliminate the typical distractions of a modern office is through the implementation of design elements that minimize environmental noise and ensure the concentration of the human team: screens to delimit the spaces, installation of sound- absorbing screens or Phone booth cabins for video conferencing, etc. .

Storage problems: 
A second disadvantage of choosing a transparent space to work is the organization of the file. Although every day companies generate less paper, these auxiliary furniture are still necessary to store and archive the different documentation generated by our projects. But a well designed diaphanous space can cover this organizational need like a traditional office. How? Choosing auxiliary furniture that adds value to this space by creating different work environments. Chests and drawers design, functional and covering the organizational need of any type of company.

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