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3 Advantages of an Enclosed Office

Which is the “perfect” office type? Frankly, it’s probably not the easiest question to answer, as the answer very much depends on your company’s goals and how you intend to work towards them. However, many offices tend to be enclosed, open plan or somewhere between these two extremes.

“No office layout is perfect,” insists Alexander Lowry, a professor of finance at the Massachusetts-based Gordon College, in words quoted by Business News Daily. “To try and make it perfectly suited to your company and culture, consider the type of work you do and your office culture.”

Whereas an open plan office would see multiple staff working in the same room, whether sharing tables or using independent desks, an enclosed office would have a very different layout. This would comprise cubicles and panels allowing each employee to work in their own, separate office space.

Why might you especially consider taking up an enclosed office – otherwise referred to as a closed office or private office, as a wisestep article acknowledges – for your business? There would be both pros and cons of this option, but here are some of the former…

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1. Workers can be free of productivity-hampering distractions

Whereas an open office environment can feel like Distraction Central, each employee can work without outside disturbances when that person is encased in their own space. This would be no small benefit, as it could help the employee to increase their productivity.

Increased productivity for that worker means, of course, increased success for the company as a whole. Nonetheless, sometimes, an important call could distract the person from their work – and, when that happens, they could answer the call without having to leave the office for privacy.

Distractions can threaten not only productivity but also creativity. It would be easier for staff to think creatively if they are in a peaceful and quiet work environment that prevents them from losing their focus. They don’t have to fret about being distracted by other workers’ discussions.

2. It is harder for gossip or disease to spread

Open spaces can have particular advantages and disadvantages of their own, with the latter including the increased ease of teamwork and collaboration. However, the conversational openness facilitated by open spaces can have the side-effect of fostering gossip.

You can probably recall occasions of having overheard some pretty fun conversations in your own workplace. However, that’s less likely to have happened if you worked in a private space, like a cubicle, as the enclosed walls could have helped to prevent you from hearing the gossip in the first place.

Besides, not all gossip is entirely “fun”. Sometimes, it can lead to misunderstandings that negatively affect relationships between employees. Enclosed offices can also be healthier for their workers, as a communicable disease is likelier to spread in an open office than between segmented spaces.

3. Each worker can customise their own space

As a particular employee assigned to a specific space is likely to often be the only person who sees the space, let alone uses it, you might be happy to allow the worker to personalise it. Whether that’s with stickers, decor or even just photos of the worker’s family, it’s up to you what you allow.

Even if you don’t allow that employee to add anything new to that space, you could still enable them to rearrange what’s already there to suit their own likes and dislikes – and, ultimately, working style. Consequently, that person could more easily concentrate on their work and, as a result, produce better results.

Another advantage of permitting such customisation is that, if the employee leaves the company, their replacement in the cubicle could easily rearrange things again without feeling the need to remove items brought in by the previous occupant.

Nonetheless, open spaces still have certain perks, including affordability and flexibility. Therefore, if you’d like a relatively enclosed space incorporating advantages of a typical open space, please phone us on 020 3813 2316 to find out how we could produce a design that ticks all of those boxes for you. It’s also possible to reach us by email through hello@maris.co.uk.