Life in a cubicle is common for many Americans in the 21st century. With the invention and rise of the computer, many businesses have turned to the technological realm to generate their income. With communication across large distances as easy as it is today, even sales representatives, customer service teams, and managers can do all of their work from a central office location. Cubicles became so popular because they allowed companies to hire more and more people and fit them neatly into a small space. This allowed companies to grow and continue to increase their profits, while not forcing them to purchase or lease a larger building. All types of professions are capable of working out of cubicles, with a telephone and computer nearby. Most companies simply put all of the cubicles, side-by-side into one large room and then call it good. Many companies don’t spend any time coming up with a creative strategy to organize the cubicles in a particular way. They don’t think that cubicle layout has anything to do with productivity or the satisfaction of their staff, so they throw them all out into a large room and call it good. Unfortunately, as you could probably already guess, this is a bad strategy. It leads to all sorts of negative feelings people have towards cubicles. These feelings have never been more creatively addressed than in the cult classic “Office Space”. All of these is meant to highlight the need for companies to hire interior design teams to organize their new cubicles. There are numerous benefits of doing this.
The first thing that an interior design team can do is address the specific layout of the cubicles. They will think about issues like lighting, sound, and communication, and will order the cubicles a certain way. They will look to maximize the amount of light that hits each cubicle, and they’ll look to decrease the amount of sound that people hear when they are hard at work. In addition to all of this, they will look for ways to organize the cubicles so that people are able to communicate with one another more easily. Part of the reason why some people hate working out of a cubicle is that they feel isolated all day. Staring at a computer for eight hours every single day, without communicating with others, will drive just about anyone insane.
The final aspect of layout of office cubicles is considering how those cubicles look from the outside. In other words, what does the room look like when staff enter it before they get to their assigned cubicle? If the room is very drab, and all of the cubicles look the same, then people aren’t going to enjoy working in the room very much. Interior design teams will come up with creative ways to make the room more pleasant to be in. This could mean that they will let staff choose from a variety of cubicles for their own, or it could mean that they’ll place different colored cubicles all throughout the room. The key is that interior design teams will make sure the space is a fun, enjoyable one to work in.