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Avoiding Mistakes in Commercial Architecture

Avoiding mistakes in commercial architecture is all based on hiring the right commercial architect in Phoenix for your project.

A Commercial Architect in Phoenix Can Help to Design Your Office Space | 480-710-3861

A Commercial Architect in Phoenix Can Help to Design Your Office Space | 480-710-3861

Commercial Architecture Gone Wrong

A lot of times, in society as well as in architecture, there is a pendulum swing that happens.  From the late 70’s to the 90’s, offices were big on cubicles.  Commercial architects designed office floor plans with cubicles in mind.  The managers usually had offices, or larger, more open cubicles.  Worker cubicles were usually higher than than someone standing up.  The pluses of this arrangement were privacy for workers except from behind, but there were just as many minuses.

For one, employees felt claustrophobic and the flow of the room would be gone.  Many workers considered cubicles to be equivalent to cages or they felt that they were in some sort of bizarre ant farm.  When call centers started to develop in corporate America, the cubicles were cut down by half.  Commercial architects found that while half-cubicles allowed more flow-through, it also reduced the privacy of employees, as well as increased the noise level.  Unfortunately, it got worse.

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That was when people cut cubicles out completely, and the open office trend spread throughout many companies.  However, as the Washington Post article “Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace.” by Lindsay Kaufman shows, open office design is a really bad idea:

“Nearly half of the surveyed workers in open offices said the lack of sound privacy was a significant problem for them and more than 30 percent complained about the lack of visual privacy. Meanwhile, “ease of interaction” with colleagues — the problem that open offices profess to fix — was cited as a problem by fewer than 10 percent of workers in any type of office setting. In fact, those with private offices were least likely to identify their ability to communicate with colleagues as an issue. In a previous study, researchers concluded that “the loss of productivity due to noise distraction … was doubled in open-plan offices compared to private offices.”

The New Yorker, in a review of research on this nouveau workplace design, determined that the benefits in building camaraderie simply mask the negative effects on work performance. While employees feel like they’re part of a laid-back, innovative enterprise, the environment ultimately damages workers’ attention spans, productivity, creative thinking, and satisfaction.  Furthermore, a sense of privacy boosts job performance, while the opposite can cause feelings of helplessness.” [READ SOURCE]

The takeaway from all of this is that you want to find a balanced design.  You want your employees to have some privacy, but at the same time, you want the ability to supervise them.

To achieve a balanced design, you need to consult a professional.  You need to hire a commercial architect in Phoenix.

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