Office Layouts – Which Suits Your Business?

Designing your office can be a complicated process.

There are a variety of options when it comes to picking the layout of your space, and it’s important that you select the right one.

In fact, the layout of your office can have a huge effect on the productivity of your employees and therefore, your business.

That effect could be good, or bad, depending on how your office is working for you.

Here are some of the more common office layouts.

Open Plan Office

The open plan office has divided opinion in the corporate world.

Whilst it’s extremely popular, there are a number of issues with this type of design that are becoming more apparent. This has led to increased opposition to open plan workspaces.

This is primarily due to problems with noise distraction. However, open plan spaces do offer a lot of benefits, such as ease of collaboration and communication.


The ‘cube farm’ is a design that’s been edged out by the prevalence of open plan offices.

However, it’s one design that can boost productivity. Cubicles ensure employees have minimal exposure to distraction, and a private workspace.

Drawbacks revolve around difficulty in collaboration, and management being unable to view their employees much of the time.

Closed Offices

In many businesses, only upper management have closed offices.

However, some companies operate with a layout consisting of solely closed offices. Whilst this can be an extremely expensive design to implement, the positives when it comes to productivity are immense.

As well as that, private offices mean more security, privacy and relaxation.

Team Based Layout

A team based layout involves placing teams together in desk pods.

Usually, various teams are separated by partitions. This can work very well by promoting collaboration, creativity and easy communication within teams.

The downsides are increased noise distractions, and a lack of individual privacy.

To discuss your office design, get in touch with Niche Projects here.