Open office areas. Loved by companies, loathed by workers

May 7, 2018 8:00 am

An open office space

Open office areas are fast becoming the norm in the region and indeed the world; and for most workers, they are fast-becoming universally hated.

Crammed against other workers, often in a space smaller than individual offices, open concepts save companies valuable real estate, while also bringing workers closer together for better and for worse.

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While open office areas work for companies’ bottom line, employees are keen on having their own private space.

But are open office areas really as bad as they are being branded?

According to employer consultancy agency Vanna, the answer is: no.

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Here is the good, the bad and the ugly between open and closed office concepts.

So, as with many things, there are as many pros and cons when it comes to open and closed offices. The solution? Create an office space that has both open and closed spaces, allowing for the right mix between productivity and collaboration.

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But what do you think?

Here, at AMEinfo, we turned to LinkedIn to find out your views. And as above, as many of you like open spaces as hate them.

“I like open offices, particularly within a creative environment. Interacting and bonding with your team to share spontaneous ideas are easy […] Everyone then can feed off other peoples’ expertise,” says Jeanette Magson, an Independent Marketing Consultant.

Marco Fabiani, meanwhile, a  Deep Learning Expert at Checkout Technologies, sees the open office as simply a money saving option.

“Open offices are good only to save money. If you have to use headphones to focus on jour job, it simply means that you need to isolate yourself. Just the opposite of the ‘open office’ concept,” he says.



Edmon Abdul Nur
By Edmon Abdul Nur
Technology Editor
Edmon Abdul Nur has more than 3 years of professional experience in technology research, cybersecurity testing, and IT understanding.