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The Great Office Furniture Debate: High Panels v. Open Plan March 4, 2015

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The Great Office Furniture Debate: High Panels v. Open Plan, Rahway, New Jersey

To a degree that is gaining increased attention, the layout of the office has a tremendous influence over productivity and morale among the staff. The choice to go with more traditional options such as cubicles with high panels versus arrangements that have become popular more recently like open plans is a loaded one, and according to the experts at furniture wholesaler and commercial office solutions provider Extra Office Interiors, each one has specific advantages and disadvantages.

So, what are they? Let’s take a quick look:

  • The High-Panel Cubicle Workspace: One thing that can be said for this more traditional approach is that it allows for increased privacy, and therefore, in most cases, a better degree of focus. Unnecessary distractions are minimized; however, collaboration may suffer as a result. Another element to consider is the kind of employee you’d like to attract or retain; older employees are more used to the cubicle environment, while younger workers—especially Millennials—prefer to work in groups and are more adept at handling distractions.
  • The Open Plan: Over the last few years, this approach to office layout has overtaken other kinds, especially for newer businesses. The advantages of this approach are that it allows for more variation in layout—conference tables, low-walled community work rooms with couches and single-person privacy booths—which makes it easier for employees to work together and teams to reconfigure as necessary. That said, open plans are prone to cause more conflict among workers, increase stress levels, and, probably as a result, typically see slightly higher turnover. On the flip side, though, you might see some cost savings with this approach.

At the end of the day, the choice of cubicle versus open plan will depend on what kind of environment you’d like your office to create. Luckily, the staff of Extra Office Interiors are more than happy to help you figure out the arrangement and approach that will work best. Learn more about these New Jersey based office furniture gurus by checking them out online or calling (732) 381-9774.  

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