The Transition from Closed Offices to Open Plan

Moving out of closed offices into open plan is one of the more difficult workplace changes to make, since it often also has political and emotional issues tied to it.

Managing that change will require addressing three aspects: the personal concern for status and territory, issues of control over noise and disruption, and satisfying functional requirements. Successful change will also depend on a communication plan that explains the reasoning, grounded in what desired behaviors the open plan will foster and what the workers will "get out of it," not just what the economic value will be to the organization.

One of our premier manufacturers, AllSteel, has unpacked three aspects to consider before making the transition: status, control, and function.