Open-office plans are all the rage today. As companies occupy old warehouses with big open spaces the notion of having everything in the open has become quite appealing, and it can also make good business sense.
Rather than having everyone stuffed into cubicles and behind office doors, open-office spaces have been found to be conductive to a creative environment and ripe for collaboration and a free exchange of ideas. One survey found 81 per cent of respondents said they believed open-office plans promote improved behaviours such as better team interaction.
But there are also downsides. Those who work or have worked in open-office spaces often complain about the noise level and there are reports of increased sickness in the workplace because of a shared space. Privacy issues can also impact the working day for some people.
So to break down the pros and cons of open-office spaces and to help you decide whether it’s the best choice for your business, SurePayroll has created this infographic based on relevant research to make the decision easier.