Cubicles, coffee and loathing
I feel like cubicles have gotten a bad wrap with the evolving needs of modern workspaces. Or maybe it’s not so much they don’t fit their needs, as it is dread. When speaking with people you can almost see the glaze begin to form as feelings of fear conjure in their minds faster than a toddler can delete apps on your smartphone. What exactly are they afraid of, I wonder? I imagine the dread stems from the disillusion of what cubicles are. For years there have been TV shows and movies that inevitably have a star character that despises the current state of their life. Where do they show up to work everyday? That’s right, to their tiny, cramped cubicle that they stumble into each morning with a cup of coffee and a face that communicates nothing but pure loathing. All while dreaming of a corner office and a boss that displays some variation of human emotions; not the demonic ogre they are currently employed by.
But, like many things we see on TV and in the movies, this leaves things distorted. Obviously “Lindsay’s” life isn’t full of chaos and loathing because she works in a cubicle space each day. Being in a cubicle doesn’t make her unhappy. Her boss isn’t a demonic ogre, and to be frank, Lindsay probably just needs to get her life together and she will have a whole new perspective on both life and her cubicle (and in reality, cubicles today look way more awesome than what’s portrayed on TV).
Cubicles have made a comeback
So if you haven’t noticed, cubicles have been making a comeback the past few years, and there’s a reason for that (aside from their much updated, stellar appearances). Due to the stigma attached to the concept of cubicles though, there are still a plethora of people who don’t realize cubicles solve the needs of their staff and office space needs.
Ordinarily, if you’re not creating space for C-level executives, the modern workplace often attempts to leave open, flowing spaces. Making the flow conducive to communication and collaboration, and providing a more open concept floor plan. It seems companies start to write off the idea of cubicles immediately though. Why? Because when they think of cubicles, they think about tall (but tiny), dark grey, fabric cubicles dividing up an entire floor of workers. While I will throw in I do love fabric on cubicles because it allows for things to be pinned up in order to help keep desk space clutter free, they don’t have to look like that anymore.
Cubicles are extremely functional when it comes to optimizing your office space. They can also be conducive to making it easier for co-workers to communicate and collaborate, by having shorter walls. I think even our friend “Lindsay” from above would appreciate that!
Appearance is another component of cubicles that hasn’t been left behind in the 1980s. Just like how business attire hasn’t stayed the same, neither have cubicles. There is a cubicle for every office style: traditional, modern, closed-off work spaces, open workspaces, etc.
Some top-notch cubicle options
For an easy transition from working independently, to collaborating on projects, a 4 Person Benching Cubicle with Glass Panels could be ideal. This cubicle type is sleek and modern in design, allows some privacy for individual work with panels, but makes the transition to group work much easier than coming from separate offices.
If your office staff require a space that is a tad larger to work in the Lair Tiger Stripe Station is a cubicle that offers ample space for a computer, desk space to work from, and filing and storage features. Giving staff immediate access to any supplies they may need through the day is a definite timesaver, and can increase productivity.
Tayco’s Switch cubicles are definitely a top contender to consider if you decide to explore bringing cubicles back to your office. They offer a variety of layouts to customize to your needs.
This model saves on cost as well by using Gallery panels. Tayco’s Switch boasts metal raceways, full depth workspaces, 3 leg options, and 8 wire 4 electrical outlet system. The picture shown here also shows the option for a personal storage locker. I would consider this option if you’re searching for the perfect combo of cost efficiency and functionality.
Tayco’s Switch Layout 5 is one of my absolute favorites! It’s just so gorgeous and gives a sleek, modern look and constructs a private office while still alluding to an open concept space with the addition of clear panels. This layout could act as the perfect space for a manager, and you could still provide cubicles that offer the ability for more collaboration in the general work area while still leaving the feeling of a cohesive, flowing office space overall.
These are just a few of the incredible, modern variations of cubicle styles and layouts available! As you can see, they are nothing like they are falsely accused of: dreary, outdated, the cause of unhappiness and loathing in life, etc. Rather modern day cubicles are responsible for open workspaces, collaboration, ease of communication with colleagues, and stellar designs.
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