Does Your Office Layout Suit Your Team?

There are many important considerations in planning an office layout. How big is your team? What does your space look like? Do you need a client meeting space? What's your company culture?As many workers return on-site after working remotely during the pandemic, things may need to change in the office to create a better working experience for your team. But before you shake things up, you might want to consult your employees for office layout ideas. There's a good chance they put time into thinking about their at-home work setup. They can provide insight into what they need to be productive, collaborative, and comfortable during their work week.What are the most common office layouts, and how can they benefit your team? Consider these pros and cons of typical office setups:

Private Office

A private office layout is composed of entirely closed-off rooms, providing personal office space for one or more employees.

  • Pros:
  • More privacy for confidential discussions
  • Eliminates distractions
  • Quiet creates an atmosphere that encourages deep focus
  • Cons:
  • Requires large amounts of space
  • Employees are separated, making collaboration more challenging

Open Plan

An open office layout has no walls to separate desks or workstations. Employees may have low partitions or no partitions to define their workspaces.

  • Pros:
  • Requires less space than private offices
  • collaboration and communication are easier
  • Cons:
  • Lack of privacy
  • Can be distracting


A cubicle office layout is the most common type used in businesses today. Separate workspaces are defined using partitions that create connected, cube-shaped spaces for each employee.

  • Pros:
  • More privacy than an open office layout
  • Allows each employee to have a dedicated office space
  • Provides the separation of closed office space without requiring as much space
  • Cons:
  • Separating employees can inhibit communication and collaboration
  • Claustrophobic employees can feel closed in


A team-cluster office places employees together based on their team in a shared workspace.

  • Pros:
  • Removes barriers to collaboration and communication within teams
  • Facilitates team-building
  • Streamlines workflow within a team
  • Cons:
  • Employees who need quiet and focus may struggle more
  • Lack of privacy
  • Employees do not have a separate workspace


A hybrid office layout combines favorable aspects of other office setups to create the best environment for your team.

  • Pros:
  • Simple to customize for individual employee needs
  • Employees have more control over how and where they work
  • Can improve productivity as employees experiment with their work environments
  • Cons:
  • Employees can control their workspace and habits but not the noise and distractions of coworkers
  • It may take a long time to set up

How you organize your office layout is important—but so is staffing your space! Contact us today for help bringing the most crucial factor to success in your office—great people.

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