The Hybrid Office

Mostly open workspaces can be distracting and productivity killers, although the problem isn’t always the open office layout. The problem is companies approaching open office layouts the correct way.

The next-generation office combines private offices, cubicle banks and truly open floor plans (in which even cubicle dividers are dismantled) as well as communal areas and sound-proof rooms (click link for example) where employees can go to concentrate on solo work. The last part appears to be of increasing importance—a study by the architecture and design firm Gensler found that workers in 2013 spent 54% of their time on work requiring individual focus, up from 48% in 2008.

The result is a hybrid office, which incorporates a range of spaces and gives the employees the autonomy to move between them throughout the day.

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