The Benefits of an Open Office Space Environment
An open work environment has countless advantages for the employer and the employees. Now, with the advent of technology and automation, we’re at a point where we can easily suggest that the demand for co-working places will rise.
Research has also shown that open office spaces allow and facilitate more creativity. The idea is that colleagues can easily interact with each other, ask for help from other colleagues, and develop a relationship of codependence with others. This increases employee motivation as they feel that they are an essential member of a team.
Inculcating this attitude within workers is the key to having a productive team. When an employee attaches himself with the company – because of the friendly dynamics in the open office space – there are greater chances that he’ll associate his success with the team he’s working in and the organization.
While generally, open office spaces can offer remarkable benefits for the employer and the employees, each person is made differently, which is why many people might not enjoy or be productive with the interactive and open nature of an open office space.
Here are some tips that can help you adapt to an open office space environment and increase your productivity rather than decreasing it.
If there is a problem of high sound levels throughout the room and workers keep complaining that concentrating is too difficult, try to employ rules for how the employees are allowed to use their discretion. While talking in the office should obviously not be prohibited, during peak work hours, the sounds should be maintained at a low-steady level, so that everyone can concentrate.
Earplugs and headsets should be encouraged in co-working spaces. A team can be great at collectively coming up with an idea, but also do require work and concentration at the individual level. Some silent contemplation is necessary for an idea to be implemented effectively. This is why; earplugs and headsets should be available for every employee.
Regardless of how ‘open’ you plan to make your office, some level of separation will be necessary. Think meetings and conferences! You obviously cannot have your meeting with every other employee within an ear shot. Therefore, it is important to retain and maintain the meeting or/and a conference room.
Make rules that work great for you! Having an open office space doesn’t mean that you conform to each and every single facet of the idea. Try addressing the minor issues that arise out of issues like a lack of privacy, sound levels, and concentration by making rules that address them your way. Ask for your manager’s permission and through his guidance make rules that can streamline work and the work place. Here are some examples: low sound levels between peak work hours, ‘Do Not Disturb’ signs for workers who’d like to work at something alone. This could eliminate many of the problems that some workers may be having because of co-working spaces.
By taking help from these 4 tips, you can get all the benefits of co-working spaces and eliminate all the disadvantages. What do you guys think? Let us know by commenting below!