The modern day working environment is becoming a bigger player in overall job satisfaction and company success. Each type of office environment has its own strengths and weaknesses. Here’s how we think those break down:
Private offices offer the highest level of privacy. They provide the flexibility to take a private phone call or have a meeting with co-workers. The only downside to a private office space is that they can be relatively expensive. Because of this, private offices are usually reserved for top executives and/or upper management.
Roughly 70% of offices in the United States follow an open office format, according to The Washington Post. The start of the open office trend originated in Silicon Valley and has now spread across the country. There are no fully enclosed spaces or distinct rooms in these layouts. Instead, workstations are positioned together, sometimes separated by short screens or panels -within one exposed floor plan. Open office spaces are known for the open interaction between workers, which can improve communication. This can also lead to innovation between fellow workers. The downside to the open interaction is that it can be a distraction and can reduce productivity.
Cubicles are seen as a middle ground between private and open offices. Cubicles offer privacy cost-effectiveness. However, phone calls can be difficult to take and often disrupt nearby colleagues. Visual distractions can also be a problem with people constantly passing by. Some companies offer empty office space for cubicle workers to be able to collaborate in private.
Remote working is completing your normal daily work tasks away from the office, usually at home. Remote work can be done from anywhere that has an internet connection. This type of environment allows the user to work at their own pace and have a flexible work schedule. The main problems with remote work include personal distractions, isolation and the risk of technical glitches. Because of this, most remote workers go to some sort of outside, established work environment a few days a week to be around others and increase focus.
Coworking spaces are membership-based spaces that bring together a diverse group of freelancers, remote workers and other independent professionals in a shared, community setting. According to the Harvard Business Review people who belong to coworking spaces are succeeding at a higher rate than those in regular offices. Coworking spaces are accessible 24/7 and offer a sense of community and trust among peers. Coworking spaces are popular because they give peers the ability to collaborate on projects and come up with business ideas together.
Obviously, we think the benefits of a cowork space outweigh the benefits of the others, but come see for yourself at one of our monthly open work days!