Today’s designers turn an increasingly focused eye on the struggle between open-office concepts and the discontent of “cubicle life.” The original open-office space consisted of rows of uniform desks, as opposed to the modern day free-form open concept spaces. The challenge now facing architects and designers is marrying the open and closed concept in a way that best suits individual client needs, while at the same time respecting differing employee work styles, acoustic impact on productivity, privacy and user experience. Commercial Building Products reports:

Open-office design inevitably collides with the derisive – even the need – for privacy. More and more, the trend is toward a balance of the two, with attention to the needs of specific tasks.

What we’ve seen…is a trend towards providing a variety of private settings for end users. When significant time is spent at open workstations, it is important that alternative settings be made available.

Providing employees with a variety of work-space settings and privacy options can lead to increased productivity and satisfaction.

In addition to varying work styles among employees, there are generational differences that impact preference in work space. Millennials are more interested in the technology they’ll work with, a flexible work day and the option to work remotely over a fancy corner office. Alternatively, someone who has worked hard to achieve professional standing is likely to be resistant at the thought of giving up their private office.

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