Although cubicles are intended to provide privacy among workers and reduce distraction, movies like Office Space have also given them a bad rap for enabling procrastination and low productivity in the workplace. Thankfully, today, manufacturers have made respectable strides toward tackling this issue. They have altered their original cubicle designs to address the balancing act between privacy and low worker productivity. Some modern cubicle designs include the L-shape, the U-shape, the free-standing, the ergonomic, and the ready-made cubicle.
A keen office design will facilitate a workspace that is conducive to the purpose of the business. Some businesses require a great deal of interaction between employees, while some demand space and concentration. Therefore cubicle walls can reach shoulder-height or even extend beyond an employee’s head depending on the communication needs of the business.
There are also office cubicle desks that measure forty-eight inches by seventy-two inches, suitable for single or double workstations as well as technologically advanced cubicles that feature sound-proofing/sound masking materials for ultimate silence. But in 2014, where it’s oh so easy and tempting to get immersed in one’s own digital world of tablets and iPhones, cubicle walls can also be an abstract concept. As John Tierney from the New York Times mentioned in an article, headphones are the new office cubicle walls.
Office cubicles more often than not are allowed to be personalized. There is a wide range of options to choose from when it comes to desk sizes, colors, shapes and materials of construction. It is important to allow employees to decorate their workspace with picture frames, notes, posters, paintings, plants, or stickers that brighten their mood to ensure employee comfort and ultimately this will transfer to happier employees. Happier employees means better customer service. And better customer service means happy customers. And we all know what happy customers mean.