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Office layouts can have a big impact on the way firms operate

For many people, the office is a place they spend a significant proportion of their waking hours and it is therefore important these environments are tailored to help people to be more productive, but also comfortable and fulfilled with their daily routines.

With this in mind, we've put together a a breakdown of some of the classic approaches to setting up an office, discussing both the pros and cons of each in order to give you a better understand of what might be the best option for your business.

Open plan

One of the most popular choices among modern companies, open plan encourages staff to interact more with their colleagues and provides a greater sense of freedom and space in the workplace.

Some considerations should be a lack of privacy for staff in open plan settings, although the positive impact this layout can have on teamwork and worker interactions should not be underestimated.


Modular workstation design layouts can work very well in businesses where staff members are expected to function in myriad roles.

It can be expensive to furnish spaces with the necessary interchangeable systems required to create a modular design, but by doing so companies can ensure their staff are able to work more flexibly - especially if the designs are modelled around the duties individuals will be expected to carry out.


Cluster layouts can encourage teams to work more closely together, bringing them together in smaller groups that can promote improved collaboration and a sense of camaraderie.

It also provides an economy of space and can therefore be an ideal solution in smaller offices; while cluster settings can also be less expensive to set up, requiring less office furniture than other layouts.


The landscape method focuses on the creation of green spaces and the sense of bringing the outdoors inside for staff, helping them to feel more relaxed in the workplace and conducive to a more harmonious atmosphere.

Landscape office layouts can be achieved by bringing more plants into work areas, while the whole premise of this approach is to deliver a more organic feel to the place of work. This can be achieved with offset workstations or desks, as well as by doing away with the traditional regimented approach to meeting rooms in favour of more communal areas.


Finally, the closed office layout is perhaps more of a throwback to older business ideals, with individual offices for each member of staff. This is likely to create a somewhat less inclusive working environment and could lead to difficulties in communication or collaboration among teams.

However, an advantage can be to incentivise individuals to excel, as it creates a clear hierarchical structure for a business, with staff working towards achieving 'the bigger office'.

Hopefully we've given you some ideas on how the different styles of office layout can impact not only worker productivity but also wellbeing. All that now remains is to pick the most suitable style for you and to put these ideals into practice. Good luck!