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How to Choose a Closed vs Open Office Space as an Employer

February 13, 2020

If you’re starting out a business and choosing space, it’s a tough decision to make. The important thing to keep in mind when you’re choosing a closed office space or an open one is what your employee preference is. The two sound unrelated, right? Wrong.

What you want for your employee is a good determinant in the type of office space you want. The work environment will greatly affect how your employees function. If they’re not in a good setting, then they can’t work to the best of their ability. That being said, open office spaces aren’t better than closed ones or vice versa. It all depends on what your employee preference is. If you have a hard time figuring that out, continue reading below to see the pros and cons of the two office spaces. Then you can decide which of the two is best suited for your business’ workspace.

Open Office Space

The open office space started becoming popular in the workforce since the 1950s. As the name implies, there are very few barriers limiting vision and space for employees and employers. It’s an open-air atmosphere with cubicles and fewer walls to divide anyone.

Pros

A more collaborative atmosphere

Fewer walls and cubicles allow more employee engagement. If you’re starting a marketing agency or monthly newsletter journal, then this is the space you need. You’ll want your employees to be able to talk to each other and discuss planning for projects. No walls are dividing your employees and so less getting up and walking from their office chair will happen. They can easily talk to someone from across the room and cooperate from there.

Less Costly

Open office spaces are much more cost-effective. Initially setting up in your new open office setting won’t require too much money to renovate. Cosuite provides a desk, office chair and locked drawer in each open space. This allows the members to keep their belongings safe and relive the stress of purchasing additional office furniture.

Cons

Distracting

Having an open office space can also distract employees. This is especially true for workers who are easily distracted by sound. The open office setting might have light noise such as , conversations, and kitchen noise. They could also be distracted by certain movements happening outside of their peripheral vision and may feel prompted to look once in a while.

Closed Office Space

A popular office setting that has been around for a long time. Walls and cubicles divide employees allowing limited vision and engagement between employees. In these settings, workers can work privately at their own desks.

Pros

Fewer Distractions

As mentioned earlier an open office space allows distractions to happen. This is the exact opposite of a closed one. In a closed office, employees are able to focus entirely on their work when they need to. The walls of an office space can cancel out noise and nothing in sight will guide your employees’ eyes off of the monitor. On top of that, employees can feel as if they have some privacy. Open space employees might feel as if sometimes they are continuously being watched. An office can grant an employee a sense of security.

Cons

Low Supervision

There’ll be much less supervision for a closed office setting. It’ll be difficult to be able to monitor all of your employees when you need to. In short, you can’t always tell what they’ll be doing behind closed walls.

Hire CoSuite for Your Office Spacing Needs

After reading this, you might already have an idea for what type of office space you’ll need. Now choosing the right open or closed office space can pose a challenge, but it doesn’t need to be. CoSuite has helped businesses across all of South Florida in finding the proper work environment. If you need any assistance, call the professionals at (561) 394-3525 or visit our contact page.