Office Cubicle Layout Ideas
The modern office cubicle can pretty much be described as a “tiny home away from home,” since most office workers are spending at least 8 hours per day, 5 days a week inside their cubicles. It’s a small wonder then that the “typical” office cubicle is almost a thing of the past, and you’ll only see it in movies, TV shows like “The Office,” and in more structured businesses like BPOs and banks.
These days, the modern office layout has an open floor plan, which can be described as clusters of workspaces that have low or no partitions, lots of natural light, and easy access for the employees to chat and communicate – all in the hopes that it boosts productivity and improves business.
When you consider the “giants” of the industry, you’ll find that multi-billion dollar companies such as Google, Pixar and Facebook have office spaces that don’t even look like offices! All of these places have creative, out-of-the-box office spaces that promote creative thinking and comfort.
So, if you want to have an office cubicle that inspires that same creative thinking and productive spirit in you, here are a few factors to consider:
- LAYOUT PLAN
The great debate when it comes to office cubicles is whether they should be closed or have an open plan. Recent trends have shown that more and more offices are going with open plan layouts, but choosing an open plan layout will ultimately depend on how many employees you have, and what duties they will be carrying out. A large office with lots of employees also has a lot of noise and movement, so having an open floor plan can cause distraction and irritation between your workers.
Different colors in the workspace are known to have different psychological effects, so be careful in choosing the color for your office cubicle. Here’s a quick rundown of how colors affect employee moods:
- BLUE – Blue is known as the most “accepted” work space color, and it promotes productivity, stability, and peace
- GREEN- It’s like working in a field! Green workspaces suggest balance, productivity, and growth
- RED- Being surrounded by red gives employees an energy boost. However, red is known to stimulate the appetite. Why else do you think so many restaurant signs are red?
- WHITE – Office cubicles that want to be seen as modern, efficient, and streamlined often use white because it gives a classic and clean look.
- LIGHTING & WINDOWS
No one likes being trapped in a box, and when you’re in an office cubicle, it’s easier to feel that way if you can’t see the outside world. Having windows that allow lots of natural light not only gives your employees an energy boost, it also gives your whole working space a lighter, more open, and airier feeling.
Designing a cubicle layout is something of a novelty for many business owners, and these days, the trend seems to be innovation, creativity, and that “wow” factor. However, it’s easy to get carried away with the whole idea of being “fun” and “unique.”
At the end of the day, you should always consider the business you are running, what services you offer, and most importantly, what kind of clients you serve. Sure, having a ball pit in your office is fun, but can you really see a guy in a thousand-dollar suit jumping into one to talk business with you?