DATE: 09/12/2017

As many office workers will tell you, cubicle office environments are the worst. Long ago, it might have seemed like having your own little office walls was a luxury. These days, high-walled cubicles feel more akin to prison cells with desks. Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration — but only a slight one. The truth is, modern offices are ditching cubicles to great effect, and employees couldn't be happier! Why?

  • Cubicles are confining and prevent interaction with other employees. They can also get kind of lonely. Breaking up long tasks with a bit of employee interaction has been shown to improve focus and productivity in staffers.
  • Tall walls throughout an office can restrict airflow. This may seem like a small issue, but better airflow can mean the difference between a clean-smelling office and a musty one (plants are also good for this). Better airflow leads to better temperature management and even better moods.

What's better than cubicles? Many things!

  • Encourage teamwork by putting desks into small groups, arranged to face the center. Or pair up employees by using a two-person partner's desk that makes collaboration a snap. You could also replace tall cubicle walls with low dividers, allowing everyone their own space while offering the choice to converse.
  • Getting rid of cubicles can actually save money by saving space, since high-walled cubicles can take up quite a large area. Modular seating and desk pieces are more flexible and allow your staffers to use only the space they need. That also means more employees can work comfortably in the same office area.
  • You might have someone on your staff who needs a cubicle for privacy. And that's okay. One or two cubicles tucked into a corner is just another sign of how flexible your office culture has become. Few things motivate your staff quite like having a choice in workstations.

Get more tips on how to ditch the cubicle office environment by contacting an office planning specialist at CBI Group or by calling 210-655-3375 to arrange a consultation.