Open space: advantages and disadvantages

Many companies today are opting for the open space formula for their employees. This type of arrangement offers a multitude of advantages to employees. However, open space does have some drawbacks. To learn more about this subject, read this article.

Open space: goodbye to partitioning

Open space is not a new concept. It appeared in the United States in the fifties. However, it is only recently that it has become fashionable among European companies. Unlike traditional offices, which are partitioned, open space refers to offices grouped together in an open space. Despite these disadvantages, more and more companies are continuing to adopt this way of working and are moving away from traditional workspaces.

The advantages of open space

For companies, open space is more of an economic choice.  Indeed, by opting for open space, a manager can succeed in considerably reducing the surface area required to accommodate his employees. This also allows him to reduce the rent or the purchase price of the premises. This advantage is not to be underestimated if the company wants to set up its headquarters in an area where square metres are expensive. However, apart from the economic factor, many companies opt for open space to promote cohesion between employees.  Freeing up communication has a huge impact on the performance of each team.  Employees become more reactive, which promotes their productivity, and also the development of the company itself. The open space also allows to arrange the offices according to the needs of the company. For example, if the company is planning to recruit in the near future, it will be easier to add new office furniture by simply changing the layout of the premises.

Open space: some inconveniences to consider

In spite of all its advantages, open space has some drawbacks. Not all employees, for example, appreciate working under the gaze of others. Some employees need a certain amount of privacy to be at their best.  Having to work in an open space can therefore be detrimental to their well-being and productivity at the same time. For companies whose work requires a high level of concentration, open space is therefore not an interesting solution. Ambient noise can also cause real discomfort. This option would also lead to many sick leaves within a company. This is because microbes tend to spread more quickly in these open spaces. To remedy this, very strict hygiene rules should be respected and strict medical monitoring should be implemented within the company.

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