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Are Cubicles Bad for Employee Morale?

If you’re planning the layout of an office for your business around the DC, Maryland, Virginia area, you’ve likely thought about implementing cubicles. Cubicles have earned a mixed reputation since their invention more than 50 years ago, so making that decision can be a bit confusing. As a good owner or manager, you have to weigh the pros and cons to decide if new cubicles and workstations will be good for the morale of your employees. We find that when most managers ask this question, the answer is overwhelmingly “Yes.”

Cubicles Offer Flexibility

Office morale is influenced by a variety of factors, including:

  • Privacy
  • Collaboration
  • Organization
  • Openness
  • Motivation

Cubicles have been a popular choice for offices around the world because they are flexible when it comes to all these factors. For example, cubicles provide an open-office type of environment while still enabling employees to have some privacy. Toni Bowers, a career management blogger from Tech Republic says, “I feel a sense of “team” working in the same large room as my co-workers that I wouldn’t feel holed up in my own space.” Cubicles are able to strike just the right balance between privacy and openness.

Cubicles can also have a positive influence on employee motivation. Elizabeth Jarrard, an account executive from the Dalton Agency, says “It’s easy to stay motivated and accountable for your work when everyone is near you doing the same.” Cubicles allow employees to focus in on their own tasks and projects while giving them the opportunity to quickly ask questions and collaborate when needed. Cubicles of different heights and thicknesses can help you create a wide range of layouts that give you just as much privacy and openness as your employees need.

Cubicles are Ideal for Organization and Privacy

Giving employees a space they can call their own can be huge boost to morale. Cubicles transform otherwise completely open spaces into semi-private areas that can be decorated and customized to their own tastes. When employees have their space organized the way they want it, they’ll feel more comfortable, and thus more productive. Sometimes privacy can be detrimental to accountability, but with cubicles, you can create a balance that respects the space employees enjoy and makes sure the work gets done.

Office Space Planning in Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, and Pennsylvania

If you need help making office space planning decisions or finding the right furniture for your business in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, or Washington, DC, PVI Office Furniture is the name to know. We’re experts in office interior design who are ready to answer your questions and provide you with top-notch services. Ready to get in touch? Contact us online or call us at 301.694.7162!

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