The days of cubicles may be declining, especially within Silicon Valley, but is an open floor plan all that it’s cracked out to be?
Last year, we talked about the benefits and limitations of an open floor workspace. Problems like a lack of noise control and privacy are a concern, but it can also be seen as environmental-friendly solution because builders are using less materials to build walls and other office structures.
Recently, a study from Stockholm University found that employees who work in flex offices, without assigned workstations, or in open floor plans took more sick days than those in private rooms.
“All together, the results indicate lower odds of sick leave in office types with high personal control and a lower degree of environmental stressors or more collaboration in teams with colleagues,” the report reads.
Open floor plans are so common that about 70 percent of all work environments operate in such a manner, according to International Facility Management. Since 2010, about 32 percent of businesses still have some type of private office.In fact, the likelihood that a staff member is working in an open office is much higher than in a closed-off one.
“The risk of infection could be higher among people sharing workspace,” the report stated.
If your startup is already operating on a tight budget, and thus unable to afford people falling ill, consider purchasing some quality office furniture to create barriers between employees.
Purchasing partitions may cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, it doesn’t have to be that way because Quality Office Liquidations has an array of commercial furniture pieces, including used cubicles. If you’re interested in installing partitions, using pre-owned furniture will likely get you the most out of your business’ resources.