The term “modular office” can summon images of the dreaded cubicle, but in reality modular offices can be elegant or fun rather than stuffy and predictable. In fact, many Fortune 500 companies are turning to modular design at their corporate offices to give employees a more enjoyable, adaptable work environment. All it takes is a little creativity to turn your modular office into a setting where employees feel comfortable and inspired.
Lose the Cubicles
While privacy is important, cubicle farms can stifle creativity in the workplace. Cubicles add a monotony to offices by assuming every employee thrives in a distraction-less setting.
Cater to All Types of Workers
Many businesses and organizations are taking a more creative approach to dividing space that encourages different types of workers to reach their full potential. More than likely you have employed a smorgasbord of introverts and extroverts, of people who work better alone or in groups. Since transitioning from space to space is more common with portable technology (laptops, tablets, etc.), creating different combinations of private and communal office spaces is key for optimal production and creativity.
Pay Attention to Your Employees
If your business or organization is trying communal/private combinations, it’s important to observe how your employees interact with the space they’re given and adapt accordingly.
Do they congregate in a campfire-like fashion? Add a circle of comfortable chairs around Do they set up physical barriers between desks? Give them more privacy with dividing wall partitions. Do they fluctuate from communal and private spaces often? Consider sliding partitions to make space transformation easy.
Use Modular Offices for Easy Re-Design Capabilities
This level of adaptability can be achieved with modular buildings because re-design is a fast and economic process. Often, modular office redesign requires no additional materials and very little down time.