Rethinking Workplace Design: Banning the Cubicle

In an effort to improve employee collaboration, productivity and efficiency, U.S. employers will banish cubicles in favor of open community spaces.

In order to maximize employee interaction and teamwork, many companies will eliminate the isolating cube and redesign their workspace to feature common areas, conference rooms and tables, as opposed to individual desks.

Employees will work via laptop and move from space to space as required by their work. This more flexible design will also benefit the increasing number of telecommuters who only work in the office sporadically.
Some companies have already reaped the benefits of retooling their workspace. Global networking technology corporation Cisco added wireless networking capabilities, virtual offices and quiet rooms to its Japanese offices, resulting in more unified teams, increased revenue, reduced cost, increased space efficiency and optimized flexibility and convenience.

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