Synchronize Your Office Culture with Your Office Space

 

Bringing elements of your business into your work space can evoke a strong message to customers and employees about your brand and culture.

Part of synchronizing your office culture with your office space can begin with the ideal office design choices that reflect your values and supports your company’s, stakeholder’s and staff’s needs. Strengthening a positive company culture with a desirable workplace not only fosters employee satisfaction and motivation but having a great workplace reputation helps attract and retain talent.

Here are six ways to effectively blend your company culture with better office design.

 

1. Reflect your company values
Does your company emphasize communication and collaboration? Then you could trend toward open workspaces. A creative and playful culture might include fun spaces where employees and customers can unwind and work, such as game rooms or sitting areas with colorful couches. If the industry you work in is conservative, then you may place priority on confidentiality and privacy and include enclosed office space with doors. Most importantly, involve design choices that are consistent with what your company represents. For example, if you’re a wellness company then you could include healthy office design elements or if you’re a tech company look to add technology into your design.

2. Incorporate an ideal color scheme
Color can be a big mood enhancer and the right colors added to your design scheme with your brand colors, can also boost efficiency and communication. Research how colors can affect mood and add color based on the goal and focus of specific workspaces. For example, reds can bring out energy and passion, greens and blues can improve focus and increase energy, yellows foster optimism and innovation, while oranges represent enthusiasm, creativity and determination.

3. Choose the best-fit furniture and decor
Carefully-chosen furniture and artwork can leave visitors and employees with a certain impression and feeling about your office so make it one you want to create in their minds. If your company is in a field where expertise and trust is important then you might want to include credentials on the wall or client testimonials. If you want to exude a modern setting think sleek, minimal furniture or if your culture is more relaxed then consider informal, sitting areas. One way to create an inspired work space is to add movable furniture such as chairs, desks, seating areas and dividers. Movable space enhances the creative process and allows teams to reconfigure space to support their work.

4. Engage your people
We understand that keeping your team happy can be a big priority. One way to do this is to involve your employees from start to finish with the office design process. They help define your company culture and some of the best-fit designs come from the result of mixing your brand with team ideas. Enabling your office space to connect people while also providing boundaries and private space can create a vibrant energy and strengthen community. People often believe that their workspace says a lot about their importance in a company and engaging them in its design supports this belief. Possibly even let them design their own workspace with things that interest them or colors that make them feel more productive.

5. Create space for social connection
While people can crave solitude to get their work done, at times they also want to be part of a group setting. Adding gathering spaces such as cafés, common lounge areas, atriums or shared work tables can foster a keen sense of community and boost creative collaboration. Including project or idea boards in these group spaces are a productive way for employees to share and learn from each other.

6. Give equal consideration to all spaces
With designing your office, it’s crucial to consider all spaces whether public or private, inside or outside. When a client or potential new-hire arrives to be welcomed by a vibrant and dynamic lobby you won’t want to disappoint them with a bland workspace or outdated kitchen area. If you treat all spaces equally, your brand and culture will flow through your workspace and show to visitors and employees that you care about their experience there.

When people enter your office, you want them to instantly understand what your company is all about. Office design reveals much about a company’s brand and culture. With the ideal considerate touch, each space in your office from color, services, technology, décor, lighting, furniture and layout, can express your culture and be an inviting space for visitors to enjoy and employees to thrive in. Cubicle by Design can help you through the entire office design process that reflects your culture. Contact us today to discuss how you can get started.

Buying new or used cubicles is a question that has been asked as long as cubicles have existed.

Sure, you spend less when you buy used cubicles, but over time you’d likely gain much more value from buying new cubicles. This is why we almost always recommend shoppers to buy new when they updating their office space.

Why?

Your company was created as an investment for future growth and longevity. Thinking with a short term mindset undermines your goals. Here is why buying new is the way to go.

You get exactly what you want

New AO2 Blue Cubicle

Your environment tells clients and employees who you are. Settling for an environment that doesn’t show that you have confidence and plan to stay in business for a long time is a mistake.

When you buy new cubicles you get the exact style, colors, fabrics and configurations that you want for your office. You aren’t settling for used cubicles that are tan and burgundy if silver and black is what speaks to your brand. You’ll get a more modern look, more open designs and more flexibility to move things around for different purpose.

Everything can exactly match the function your business requires.

You get a lifetime warranty when Cubicle By Design installs

When you buy new cubicles instead of used cubicles, you often have a warranty or a guarantee to fall back on.

Here at Cubicle By Design, we take great pride in our gurantee.

Something wrong? Just give us a call.

This guarantee of replacement and service will prove invaluable over the long term.

And you will have few problems since new cubicles meet much stricter compliance guidelines and will have far fewer problems.

You get the most up to date technology

New Cubicle in Office

New cubicles will have include the most up to date technology and power options while hiding all the wires and supporting communication. You will have the best in sound control, fabric protection and construction.

You get the newest in cubicle ergonomics

Employee satisfaction, wellness and productivity can soar when they are comfortable and feel valued. Sit-stand desks, correct seating, proper keyboards and monitor arms are all part of new cubicle design that is often unavailable from used cubicles. Investment in employee comfort has been shown repeatedly in research to increase productivity and save money over time.

You get potential for growth

With new cubicles you will be able to match all the fabrics and finishes. As you grow and your needs change you won’t end up with a mismatched office. You will also be able to reconfigure more easily since new cubicles are often modular and give you the ability to easily reconfigure your space.

You get a tax deduction

Consult your accountant on what is permitted, but for small business the cost of office furniture is a tax deduction. Make sure you order well in advance of your fiscal year end to be sure to gain the advantage.

 

Office Expansion

Perhaps one of the more favorable dilemmas successful business owners are faced with is how to properly expand their office. Whether you are trying to accommodate a growing team or enhance your image for better public relations, here’s what to consider when in need of additional breathing room.

Clues That It’s Time to Expand Your Office:

Your Storage is Overflowing
Saving paperwork is necessary for business. But if your office winds up having overstuffed filing cabinets, storage supplies in the hallways, and a chaotic storage room then it possibly time for you to expand.

Makeshift Workstations
Maybe putting a few employees in the conference room is a convenient solution, but it is also a red flag that your current space is no longer suitable for the volume of workers you have.

High Employee Turnover
While a constant migration of employees could be indicative other issues, an uncomfortable office setting can definitely contribute to a higher turnover rate and can most certainly be a signal that a bigger office is needed.

Here Are Some Important Things to Keep in Mind When Increasing Your Office Space:

Plan for Continual Growth
Don’t just plan for the team you have now, plan for the anticipated future. It would hurt financially if you have to expand again within the next few years. So make sure your the space is flexible.  Ask the question, are you able to modify the space as needed?

Be Mindful of Electrical Capacity
If your company utilizes a ton of computer equipment and other office machines, you need a sufficient amount of outlets, and the optimal amount of electrical capacity. It is best to bring along a qualified electrician to examine this for you while you are scouting different areas.

Examine All the Amenities 
Make sure to be very thorough and look at everything from external amenities such as sufficient parking to internal amenities like formal and informal meeting spaces, lounges, kitchens and restrooms. It’s not just about having room for your team to work, but space to accommodate additional office features where is it doesn’t cause grid lock and lines.

Today, employee comfort is of utmost concern. Optimal space is strongly encouraged more than ever. Rather than thinking of their office as restrictive, today’s employees want to think about all the possibilities and perks that go along with working in their space.

Contact our experts at anytime if you have any questions about expanding our workplace.

 

Benefits of a Modern Office Cubicle

Cubicles have revolutionized the way people work for decades; however, they have garnered a rather unfavorable reputation as old-fashioned and superseded by the forthcoming open office design. Yet, the cubicle offers quite a unique set of benefits that a pure open office design just cannot provide. So instead of erasing the idea of the cubicle completely, check out these benefits on why they may be perfect for your team.

What Makes a Modern Cubicle Modern?

Usually when the word cubicle is mentioned, the idea of grey fabric panels and 3 walled faceless squares come to mind. Contrarily, the modern cubicle is anything but this. With variety of colors, partition sizes, partition materials and configurations, cubicles nowadays can liven up any office atmosphere with these additional bonuses.

Cost Efficiency

Investing in ultramodern partitions beats investing in walls for an office any day. Especially in the midst of the go green era, cheaper recyclable materials make cubicles the cheapest they have ever been.

Space Utilization

Gone are the days of the boxy, space consuming standard cubicles. Now, cubicles take up less space than before with sleeker designs and they come in all different configurations and sizes to custom fit the space you have.

Why Should I Invest in a Modern Cubicle?

For starters, productivity is sure to rise for your team if they take advantage of the separation that modern cubicles provide. With an open office plan, visual and auditory distractions are a huge impediment to task-oriented productivity. Focus can be easily broken and difficult to re-obtain, so it may be wise to consider a nice up-to-date cubicle for the remedy.

In addition to resolving output issues, modern cubicles provide all the privacy needed for handling confidential tasks or viewing e-mails without worrying about wandering eyes. One of the most valued elements of job satisfaction is employee privacy and a modern cubicle is just the thing to provide it. It serves the purpose of a small personal office so each individual can feel relaxed in their own space.

Another feature that the modern cubicle provides, perhaps just as important as anything else is the sense of egalitarianism. Traditionally, higher-ranking members of a team would be secluded in a plush space while everyone one else seemed to be packed into condescending cube farms with an inherent sense of insignificance to their organization, however modern cubicles are designed to make everyone feel like they have meaningful position in their company. This will definitely increase your team’s overall morale.

These are just but a few of the many benefits that come with using modern office cubicles. Consider having these benefits and getting to enjoy much more.

Cubicle by Design has office designing specialists with over 25 years of experience who are able to advise you from the earliest stages of change and assist you throughout your decision making process. Contact us for more information.

Downsizing Your Office? Tips On How To Use Your Space Efficiently

 

All too often, valuable office space goes unused. Whether you are moving to smaller office or just decreasing the available square footage of your current office, be sure to maximally utilize your space. With a strategical plan you can make your workspace appear larger, and encourage employee productivity. Consider these tips when mapping out your workspace.

Be “Size Wise”

Nothing makes a tinier workspace appear more claustrophobic than oversized furniture, so aim to purchase smaller office furniture. No room in the budget for new furniture? Simply donate the furniture pieces that take up a lot of space, but are not really used.

Brighten Things Up

Try to avoid dark colors, they can make the space seem more enclosed.  Brighter colors will not only open up the space but can also contribute to a productive and positive psych. For example yellow inspires creative mind, blue stimulates sharper intellect and green offers a calm and collected temperament. Think about  the mood you want to encourage when designing your workspace. Also, don’t forget that there is power in good lighting! Open up your blinds to let in some natural light, bring a little bit of outside-inside.

Prevent Clutter

When office space is limited don’t take up valuable real estate with clutter. Plus, there is research which indicates that clutter tends to disturb productivity, while an organized workspace fuels motivation and creativity. Utilize simple tools, such as a desk organizer and labeled folders. Eliminating unessential items leads to more space and more productivity.

Embrace the Cloud

In today’s day and age, why not take advantage of our innovative technology. Rather than keeping excessive amounts of paper, digitize as much as possible. Digital storing is time efficient and extinguishes the need for bulky filing cabinets. Consider uploading your files to cloud-based programs, allowing for data backup and instant employee access both in and out of the office. Remember, if making the switch to the cloud, to keep your information secure, as information is at risk on the Internet. Take precautionary measures to ensure maximum company privacy, by frequently updating passwords and monitoring for any suspicious activity.

Veer Vertical

To save space, build upwards! Install wall shelving, and stack them one on top of the other. Hang magazine racks to store accumulated magazines, newspapers, and papers. Items, such as reading lamps, televisions, and other electronics don’t need to occupy floor space—mount them. So, don’t limit storage space to solely your desk and grounded furniture. Think vertical!

Transform Your Small Business: Go Green!

 

In a budding small business, it is important to get off to a good start and make a meaningful impression on costumers. Be economical and ecological. A greener workspace allows for a reduced ecological impact and improved productivity in the office. All too often, we forget to execute simple tasks in order to conserve energy and save money. Make it a priority. Take time to reflect on your company’s current footprint and plot strategies to aim towards a more environmentally friendly establishment. Consider these few points in getting started, and share them with your colleagues. Go green!

Let the Natural Light In
A well-lit working environment is important, but aim to use artificial lighting sparingly. On average, artificial lighting encompasses forty percent of total electricity usage in a standard office building. In addition, there seems to be a strong relationship between excess artificial lighting and minor health issues, as well as a correlation between natural lighting and increased efficiency amongst employees. So, keep the shades open and reduce the use of strong overhead lighting, which may contribute to headaches and eye- strain. Light colored walls and furniture will best reflect natural light, making the office appear larger and encouraging efficiency.

Implement “Task Lighting” and Purchase Fluorescent bulbs
Strong overhead lighting is often unnecessary. Set a plan to utilize adjustable task lighting in order to illuminate specific reading areas. Task lighting not only directs the light towards specific tasks enabling concentration, but also increases contrast and focused visibility for employees. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent. They last up to fifteen times longer and absorb only one-quarter of the energy. Observe your surroundings and take initiative. Turn off all lights in an empty room and, of course, remember to switch off all lights in the office when leaving for the day. Find our more about task lighting and other lights on our cubicle terminology page.

Digitize
In today’s technological era, there is no excuse for overusing wasteful materials. Excess materials contribute to clutter and a disorganized environment. Studies indicate that the average person wastes about four hours per week searching for papers, contributing largely to unnecessary stress and stunting concentration and creativity. Whenever possible, digitize. Categorize information into labeled desktop folders and communicate via email. Convert documents to PDF’s to efficiently share with colleagues. Digital planners, calendars, and reminders are useful tools to stay organized as well. The more you aspire to digitize, the less paper and wasteful materials you expend.

Put off Printing
Regardless of valiant efforts to digitize, all offices require purchasing paper. When shopping, choose recycled, chlorine-free paper to save money and energy and buy in bulk. When you must print, format double-sided documents and choose a smaller font to conserve. Avoid color printing whenever possible. Utilize software programs, such as GreenPrint and EcoPrint2, which locate and delete that pesky waste space at the end of documents, such as advertisements or web page listings. Aim to reuse misprints and scraps as notepaper. Recycle printer cartridges and purchase recycled new ones.

Unplug
When a machine is not being used, don’t just power it down—unplug! Simply switching the off button may send the machine into “standby” mode, still absorbing power. Neglecting to do so not only wastes energy, but also racks up your expenses. When leaving your desk for a moment, set your computer monitor to sleep mode instead of setting a screensaver. You’d be amazed at the positive impact on your electricity bill and reduced ecological impact.

Monitor Office Temperature
Even in the summer, cranking the air conditioning in the office to full-blast is not usually necessary. Monitor temperatures and find a comfortable setting, or instead of using central air conditioners, try purchasing portable ones. Portable air conditioners will enable you to efficiently fluctuate temperatures in certain areas, while saving energy in unused or unnecessary areas. Portable fans are an option as well, as they consume much less energy than installing a central air conditioning system. Of course, if weather permits, open the windows! Fresh air and sunlight will positively transform the office environment.

 

Climb the Corporate Ladder of Your Small Business: Tips from a SMB Owner

 

You are a diligent worker. Your natural talent and strong work ethic enables you to shine in the office. Yet, you still can’t seem to snag that promised promotion. Something’s got to give. The fact is, no one is entitled to a promotion or raise—you must earn it. Remember, everyone is working towards the same goal. Consider these few steps in order to exceed expectations in the office and climb the corporate ladder of your small business.

Look for an Opening in the Company
Always be willing to jump on the opportunity to fill an opening in your company. Studies show that about 80% of jobs are never advertised. So, stay on the lookout and do your research. If you want a change, make it happen. Look on your organization’s homepage to see what the Human Resource department has to offer in terms of training, or make an appointment to discuss your interest personally—more training, more promotions!

Scout Out a Mentor
In any business, experience is key. Aim to ascertain a suitable mentor, which will help you grow in your area of business. Observe your superiors in order to see who has significant experience in the area that you are interested in pursuing. When searching, look for the employee who has the respect of his/her boss, staff, and peers. Ask them to mentor you. A mentor will help you identify your own strengths and weaknesses while navigating the political land mines of most organizations.

Pick up the Slack
Differentiate yourself from your colleagues by aiming to complete the tasks that are commonly overlooked or put off. If given a project to be submitted in two weeks, try to complete it in one. Take initiative. A little extra effort won’t go unnoticed. Everyone is busy and can use a helping hand now and again. If a colleague is under a time crunch with a project, go out of your way to help them manage it. Time management will help you immensely when balancing multiple projects and tasks. Get to work early and leave late. Remember, this may be a distinguishing factor between you and another employee.

Keep Yourself Visibly Organized
This not only pertains to the way in which you dress and carry yourself professionally, but also the extent to which you care about keeping your desk and personal space clean and organized. Of course, appearance may not be a distinguishing factor, but it is important to put yourself together well. Put in conscious effort to stay groomed and avoid looking like you just rolled out of bed. Presenting yourself in this way sends the message that you take both yourself and your job seriously. Think of your cubicle or desk space as a reflection of yourself as well. Don’t leave a mess. Utilize your filing cabinet, and sort through digital clutter, saving and filing documents regularly.

Learn Something New and be Open to New Activities
Be curious about learning new things, and always ask questions. Never underestimate how much people enjoy talking about what they do.

Ask for feedback and accept constructive criticism. Be energetic in the office and project positive energy. Join activities to connect and network with the staff at all levels. Participating in the corporate run, or other such activities, is not only good exercise, but will possibly benefit your career as well.

Know Your Stuff
Remain up to date on relevant news and events pertaining to your industry. Send out any interesting information to your colleagues. During meetings, grasp the opportunity to speak up and showcase your knowledge. Have an educated opinion. Don’t be afraid to disagree. Fresh viewpoints are always welcomed, as long as they are informed. Show your boss that you have a solid grasp on the inner-workings of the business and an understanding of the “bigger picture.”

Cubicle By Design has over 25 years of experience aiding small businesses with their office furniture solutions. We not only provided services and products, but spent the years listening to our customers vent about all of their small business needs. These are helpful tips based off of their input and what we have learned. You can find more small business tips on our CBD Blog.

Things to Consider When Starting Your Small Business

 

Have you always dreamed of starting your own business? Do you believe in your vision and feel confident in making it a reality? The fact is, you can. Take action. Be motivated and aim for a strong start.  Starting a business may be your pathway to financial security. It is important, though, as a budding entrepreneur, to take necessary precautions. Keep these tips in mind when taking off.

Plan before you begin a new venture
Many good ideas are not profitable—think, then act. All businesses begin with a personal vision. However, it is important to be realistic and adapt appropriately to the market. Although it is important to be passionate about your endeavor, consider what people want to buy, not simply what you want to sell. Will your business create a steady income? Research the market and similar businesses to determine their success-rate. Craft a basic business plan identifying the product or service, the target market, what the product or service will cost you, and how much you will charge for the product or service. Then, plan your method of action.

Identify target market and convert them to customers
Of course, in order to sustain any business, you will need customers. Thus, attracting their attention must be your number one priority. Begin with a list of 50-100 potential prospects and take the necessary steps to reach them. Spread your company’s message through direct phone calls, flyers, and word of mouth. Be sure to utilize all social media platforms to engage directly with your target market and promote your service or product regularly. Find creative and innovative ways to attract interest.

Be smart about your spending
The key is to bring in more money than you spend. Starting out, it is important overestimate expenses and underestimate revenues. When launching a start-up, you must keep costs down. Aim to save money by strategically budgeting. A service business is much more inexpensive to maintain than a product business where it costs money to create a certain product. Being conservative in your spending will only benefit your business down the road. Once in a business be sure to keep the benefits of your employees in mind. Set up a pension and profit sharing program to ensure a prosperous retirement for you and your employees.

Keep in mind the employee vs. independent contractor issue
You must understand that utilizing workers is a responsibility and the government is becoming more aggressive on the manner in which workers are compensated. Both on the federal and state level, there are strict guidelines regarding the treatment of workers and harsh penalties if these rules aren’t followed. Workers are classified as either employees or independent contractors depending on behavioral control, financial control, and type of relationship. Both employers and workers may ask the IRS to determine whether a specific individual is an independent contractor or an employee by filing a Form SS-8. This classification is important, as employers who misname their workers may end up with a hefty tax bill.

Look to helpful resources
There are a number of resources available to help your business get off to a great start. Your local Small Development Business Center (SBDC) and SCORE offices, associated with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), are useful assets when developing a start-up. You may also contact the IRS to receive free assistance in accounting, record-keeping, and organizational endeavors. The IRS stresses that it is imperative to keep good records in order to monitor the progress of your business and prepare accurate financial statements.

Cubicle By Design has over 25 years of experience aiding small businesses with their office furniture solutions. We not only provided services and products, but spent the years listening to our customers vent about all of their small business needs. These are helpful tips based off of their input and what we have learned. You can find more small business tips on our CBD Blog.

Tips From A Pro: Tackling Tax Season For Small Business Owners

With the dreaded April 15th tax deadline quickly approaching, it is important for small business owners to consider options and plan ahead. In addition to gathering and organizing paperwork, it may be difficult to master all the intricate rules of tax. However, small business owners, in particular, must educated themselves regarding the “ins and outs” of paying taxes and receiving tax deductions in order to successfully tackle tax season.

In an interview with founder of R.J. Centrello, CPA Robert Centrello, we came up with the following advice for tackling this tax season.

Prepare accurate contemporaneous records and take steps to keep them confidential.

You must remember that your security, specifically online, is at high risk. Make sure to utilize passwords and security precautions to protect your data.

R.J. Centrello stressed the importance of maintaining flawless records when trying to raise capital, as the various taxing jurisdictions may request a review of your records to ensure that you are paying your appropriate share of taxes and fees. Reinforcing the importance of orderly records, Centrello warned that “state and local jurisdictions have become much more aggressive in determining tax liabilities and collecting what is due.”

In addition to keeping these general tips in mind, for some small business owners there are certain special deductions, in which they may be able to take advantage of.

Is your business a start-up?

You may be able to deduct expenses. First, calculate the expenses paid to start your business. These expenses may include transportation, training for employees, or any kind of advertising costs. These deductions are typically considered capital taxes and, therefore, the deductions must be spread out over a certain amount of years.

Do you use your vehicle for business?

You may be eligible for tax deductions as well, such as the costs of maintaining and operating the vehicle. The IRS’s standard rate is 56 cents per mile. Or, you can deduct your actual expenses, including things gas, tolls, and parking fees. According to the IRS, you can still take a deduction if you use your vehicle for both business and personal endeavors. You simply must divide the expenses based on the mileage used for each.

Do you run your business out of your home?

You may be able to collect a home office deduction. However, this is only an option if a portion of your home is used solely for managing business. If you qualify for the deduction, you have two options—to deduct actual expenses or use the IRS’s system. Only expenses acquired from the business portion of the home will qualify for full deductions. Other expenses like insurance, utilities, and repairs can be deductible based on the percentage of your home used for business. In using the IRS’s method the deduction may be determined by calculating the square footage of the area of business in your home by five dollars.

Did you know that your office furniture is tax deductible?

Your office furniture provides another chance to trim your taxes. Items such as desks, chairs, tables, and other office-related equipment may qualify for deductions. You have two choices—deduct the entire cost of the furniture during the first year of your purchase or deduct a percentage of the expense over the course of seven years. Either way, your saving money!

(In addition to considering these helpful tips, we advise companies to consult with a qualified business accountant).

We often neglect to acknowledge the paramount importance of the office cubicle. Yet, it is difficult to identify another piece of office furniture, which has had a greater impact on the efficient use of office space or on the workforce at large. The cubicle has transformed the ways in which employees function both independently and interdependently with colleagues, fueling personal creativity and productiveness while encouraging necessary interactivity within the office. The history and evolution of the cubicle reflects the corporate responsibility to respond to the ever-changing economy, while providing their employees with optimum comfort and encouraging productivity in the office.

1960s

Herman Miller (an accomplished designer) collaborated with Robert Propst (an esteemed inventor and artist) to assemble a design, which would solve issues regarding office furniture and efficient use of space in the office. Propst envisioned a workspace that offered both privacy and room to interact. These proposed workspaces would be organized into rows. However, after much trial and error, and taking into consideration customer feedback, innovators realized the greater practicality of organizing these panels into a cube formation—hence the birth of the cubicle!

1970s

During the Energy Crisis of the 1970s businesses downsized and offices became more tightly packed. However, with the cheap production and a new tax deduction, there was a dramatic increase in cubicle sales between 1977 and 1997. There were still a few kinks to smooth over.

1980s

In the 1980s, the image of the cubicle shifted. Companies merged and shrank. Consequentially, cubicles were shrinking by twenty-five to fifty percent in size. As companies downsized further, employees with private offices were relocated into cubicles. This made for a more oppressive and disheartening working environment. Demoted employees were discouraged by the lack of lighting and creative atmosphere in the cubicle. In response to public discontent, businesses felt pressure to expand employee personal workspace. In 1994, the average cubicle space was extended to about ninety square feet. The importance of a flexible workspace, which encourages movement and innovation, became apparent. The cubicle continued to modernize.

Today

Through the years, like most products, the office cubicle underwent numerous experimental phases. This process of trial and error, and responding to public response, has helped the cubicle to evolve into the quality product it is today. To remedy the mundane plainness of the cubicles of the past, today’s cubicles offer brighter fabric options that create a more uplifting working environment. There are now an abundance of additional features like lighting options, which are tailored to the specific needs of employees. Particular configurations, designs, styles, colors, and sizes are selected to best suite a specific workspace—after all, no two workspaces are the same!

Today, employee comfort is of utmost concern. Optimal space and frequent movement is strongly encouraged. More than ever, employees embrace their cubicles by decorating and personalizing their space. Rather than viewing their cubicles as purely restrictive, today’s employees tend to focus on the cubicle’s potential. The office cubicle, when utilized effectively, minimizes distraction, and maintains space for privacy and personal expression. The modern cubicle encourages an interactive, yet focused working environment.