When you think of office cubicles, what comes to mind? Maybe you think of multiple rows of identical walled boxes so employees can’t even see who is next to them. Perhaps it brings to mind staffers separated from each other by drab, soundproofed walls that look like they might topple over if someone leans on them. What if we told you that cubicles don’t have to be that way? In fact, the lowly cubical has taken some huge leaps forward in recent years. Modern collaborative cubicles can be the answer to an office that requires both personal privacy and employee cooperation.
So what are collaborative cubicles? For starters, they don’t have to be walled cubicles in the traditional sense. Collaborative cubicles may have a low divide that delineates whose workspace is whose. They may have plexiglass dividers you can see through, or they may have no dividers at all. There are a multitude of design and arrangement options when you use collaborative cubicles.
In a call center, collaborative cubicles can allow trainees or new employees to be monitored by mentors or trainers without intrusiveness or crowding. Data entry staffers will appreciate the increased light, airflow, and connection to the rest of the office that happens when cubicle walls are removed. Letting employees see and hear each other is bound foster communication that leads to brainstorming and increased collaboration. Sharing ideas with coworkers can improve both productivity and morale—which is great for your bottom line.
When designing an office plan that incorporates collaborative cubicles, consider what modular components you’d like to add. Consider walking paths and high-use areas of the office to properly direct traffic flow. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed with all these options, don’t fret. The office planning specialists at CBI Group will be happy to discuss your business goals and how your new office plan can accomplish them. To learn more about collaborative cubicles and how they can benefit your business—contact CBI Group online, or by calling 210-655-3375 to make an appointment.