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Increase Employees’ Productivity with Innovative Houston Cubicles

Increase Employees’ Productivity with Innovative Houston Cubicles

The debate over open work -spaces has not settled down, with many employees and employers citing this office plan’s benefits and disadvantages. On the one hand, there are those which tout the positive effects of open office plans, the most notable of which is creating a highly collaborative working environment. Another advantage is fostering communication and information sharing among the staff.

The New Yorker

On the other hand, those opposed to the open office plan point to the lack of privacy and too much noise that this design creates, resulting in lowered productivity. Newyorker.com blogger Maria Konnikova cites the results of several studies showing the downsides of an open office design, including a review made by psychologist Matthew Davis in 2011.

In 2011, the organizational psychologist Matthew Davis reviewed more than a hundred studies about office environments. He found that, though open offices often fostered a symbolic sense of organizational mission, making employees feel like part of a more laid-back, innovative enterprise, they were damaging to the workers’ attention spans, productivity, creative thinking, and satisfaction. Compared with standard offices, employees experienced more uncontrolled interactions, higher levels of stress, and lower levels of concentration and motivation.

When asked in a study, majority of the respondents from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University said that noise matters the most. This also affects many older workers who prefer a quiet place to be effective. The lack of partitions make people conscious of their actions, constraining them to the point of discomfort.

Despite these criticisms, some big name businesses continue to be innovative in their office plans, experimenting with such fixtures as single-occupant glass booths and unassigned seating. Apparently, however, this type of working environment is not for all.

What could prove to be a good middle ground is a “hybrid” office space, which combines the benefits of private work spaces and open office designs. Established providers of Houston cubicles like ROSI Office Systems Inc. offer office design services to help clients achieve this kind of environment.

As Ms. Konnikova further says in her article:

Physical barriers have been closely linked to psychological privacy, and a sense of privacy boosts job performance. Open offices also remove an element of control, which can lead to feelings of helplessness.

Cubicles offer the most efficient solution to reaching a compromise between an open (or radically different) and a traditional office space design. They create personal spaces for employees who prefer to work under more private conditions, while providing ample openness to encourage collaboration. Versatile Houston cubicles come in various sizes, heights, and materials to cater to the different needs of employees and employers alike, providing the answer to the need for both privacy and openness.

(Source:The Open-Office Trap, The New Yorker, January 2014)

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