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Employees can’t concentrate in cube farms

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HC Online | 05 Jun 2012, 12:00 AM Agree 0
If it’s not a ringing phone, it’s a loud conversation – and while management may spruik the cost effectiveness of cubicle offices, it comes at the cost of a 5-10% decline in productivity.
  • Bernie Althofer | 06 Jun 2012, 10:44 AM Agree 0
    Perhaps Scott Adams was on the ball when he developed Dilbert. However, it does appear that a risk assessment should be conducted if consideration is to be given towards 'cube farms'. Issues such as privacy, confidentiality are often raised, along with work health and safety issues such as bullying and harassment.

    Hot desking seems to be just as popular and whilst there may be an economic reasoning for hot desking and cube farms, there has to be a balance.
  • Felicity Law | 12 Jun 2012, 03:08 PM Agree 0
    Essentially, businesses install cubicles to maximise space and hence, save on costs.
    Sounds like a contradiction though, when they then have to spend money to solve a problem caused by the initial ‘cost effective’ solution.

    Felicity S Law
    Business Operations and Management Specialist
    Felicity's Law
  • Bernie Althofer | 12 Jun 2012, 04:59 PM Agree 0
    Once upon a time, a senior manager negotiated to have 'cube farms' in the belief that it would improve productivity, morale etc. After a few months with increased absenteeism, increased complaints about confidentiality, breaches of privacy, sexual harassment, bullying, and the like, he had to go and plead a case to go back to what it was. Immediate success when the old office was restored - people were happier, complaints went down, productivity went up.

    Cube farms may suit some environments, but at least conduct a risk assessment and consult with those likely to be impacted.
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