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The Pros and Cons of an Open Office Design

If you’re relocating your office or considering making renovations to your existing office, you may have thought about implementing an open office design into your new office space. Many businesses are looking to open office design to save money, create more space, and foster a collaborative environment between their employees. However, before making a decision, you should take care to carefully weigh the pros and cons. Read on to find out if implementing an open office design is the right decision for your company.

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Is an open office design the right decision for your company?

Advantages of an Open Office Design

An open office design simply means that there is a lack of walls or cubicles; rather, the employees all sit together in an open room. Because there are no physical barriers present, an open office design encourages your employees to interact with each other on a frequent basis. In this way, it fosters a sense of camaraderie and allows employees to get to know each other better by encouraging them to turn to each other for advice. At the same time, an open office design benefits your business financially – fewer walls equals less time and materials required. It can also reduce your electricity and heating and cooling expenses.

Disadvantages of an Open Office Design

An open office design also comes with several downsides. With encouraging collaboration and discussion comes distractions and noise that can disrupt productivity. Your staff may also feel a lack of privacy, as their computer screens are easily visible to anyone and their phone conversations are likely to be overheard. Open office layouts also tend to facilitate the spreading of disease.


As a whole, it’s up to you to decide if an open office design is the right choice for your business. Consider the atmosphere you’d like to create for your company, as well as the needs of your unique employees. If you need help deciding on an office design that’s right for you, contact American Design Associates today!

American Design Associates, Inc.

American Design Associates, Inc. is a Contract Furniture Dealer and Design Firm located in Towson, Maryland. We proudly consider ourselves a “Dream Team” comprised of experienced project managers, interior designers, service technicians and an outstanding customer support team. We service clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic region including Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and beyond. We have the resources and the know how to provide the best solution for all of your business needs.

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