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The ‘City’ Approach to Workspaces
Traditionally, workspaces resembled the closed or cubicle layouts. However, open workspaces now have been gaining popularity.
Many large, high-profile companies like Facebook, Google, and Pixar build massive open offices. Some business leaders, however, oppose the design choices of these technology giants.
Solo offices cut down on visual and auditory distractions, according to Fullerton and those like him. Private offices allow employees to feel like they’re in control of their surroundings, which leads to comfort.
Proponents of open workspaces say they’re cheaper, easier to reshuffle into various configurations, and promote collaboration.
Critics of open workspaces say that they don’t provide employees with enough space and are thinly-veiled ways to cut costs.
The most versatile workspaces, though, contain both open and closed elements. That way, workers have communal areas where they can congregate, brainstorm, and hold meetings. They also have quiet, more isolated areas that are conducive to intense focus.