Movable cubicles are considered the ideal setup in today’s modern office era. Number one, they offer sufficient privacy that employees need to be satisfied and work effectively. Number two, they also give enough flexibility for building administrators to adjust and reorganize the office setup whenever there is a need to. And number three, they are advantageous for the company when it comes to its bottom line as it is more cost-effective to install and maintain. Everybody wins with the cubicle setup.
Unlike the open office arrangement where there are rows of desks lined up next to one other, cubicles protect employees from too much exposure to the noise and activity of those working around them.
In an open office setup with no section walls, it’s easy for workers to get interrupted. Colleagues walking by, loud music, the sound of chatter, and other visual distractions can rob someone of creativity and motivation. Movable cubicles allow for a fair amount of isolation and personal working space without completely separating staff members away from each other.
Meanwhile, private offices make workers too isolated. Because of its ultra seclusion, business owners might think that their employees are not using their time efficiently while at work. Also, these private offices are permanent so you can’t easily re-arrange them when you want to. Studies show that one of the major factors influencing employee satisfaction is the ability to reorganize his office environment. It motivates and boosts his productivity if done once in a while.
The biggest reason, however, why companies are using movable cubicles is this:
Teamwork and collaboration. Companies are tearing down the walls of private offices in favor of increased collaboration from its employees. Studies have also shown that teamwork and collaboration encourages innovation and out-of-the-box thinking necessary for any growing organization.
Without these brick and mortar walls, there will surely be major compromises in privacy, noise, and interruptions; but it certainly increases creativity, collaboration and innovation tremendously.The pros greatly outweigh the cons. Anyway, cubicles do have walls that prevent some unwanted sounds, and can give enough privacy for an employee to focus more on his task at hand or make a confidential phone call even if his voice is almost in a whisper.
With low walls, movable cubicles can reduce distractions and interruptions, without preventing valid, work-related interactions. You can ask for the cubicle occupant’s consent any time before you can enter it. An employee may unexpectedly have an amazing idea, and because of closed, locked doors in between him and his colleagues, he may put off sharing them at once. This causes many brilliant suggestions to go unshared.
Private offices may also hamper camaraderie. Relationships are built through interaction, not isolation. And organizations with strong and harmonious employee relationships tend to be more productive. Some modern offices actually have semi-circular sofas encouraging employees to interact while they are relaxing.
Open office floor plans, meanwhile, can disrupt office relationships because of too much accessibility from each other. A person generally needs some time alone to get together his bearings for another round of hard work.
As mentioned above, another reason why companies are making use of movable cubicles is cost-cutting. It may seem selfish and self-serving, but truth is the more a company can cut its cost, the more sustainable it can become, and it’s better for its workers to keep the company existing.
Also, by using cubicles, a company can afford to have lesser space for its employees. And lesser space means lower costs. Some companies have had almost 50% savings from the rent alone.
The necessity of collaboration and cost-effectiveness is what makes companies use cubicles. This is slowly becoming the trend, and may continue to be so in the future.