I must acknowledge – I hate cubicles. Detest the cramped spaces most cubicles provide.
In fact, if you’re working in the BPO, KPO, LPO industry, I believe, 99.99999% companies have cubicles – which is the norm. So, I believe you cannot do anything about it. But if you’re working in a creative agency, or a digital marketing agency, or a social media engagement firm, well, life could be different. Even in the software and app development companies, nowadays, open-office spaces are gradually starting to take a foothold.
Whilst doing research for looking out for office spaces for my current organization, Sprinklr, which is a NY-based early-stage start-up; in Bangalore, found out cubicles is the industry norm. Checked out a few spaces, and really didn’t like them.
Technically, let’s see what we finally go in for, but here’s a few of the my favorite office spaces (see slideshow below). These are agile open-office spaces and not only do they have a rocking ambience, but also, portray the brand in question so aptly. Thus, besides providing an employee with a safe, secure, healthy environment – one of the key elements of a good work space is to make it so comfortable for him/her, that he/she feels like – being at home all the time.
I once worked for a French company in India, where the cubicles were so small, and the space between the cubicles were so small, if 6 people were seated, and 1 wished to move out, all remaining 5 people had to get up and move their chairs so that 1 could pass. Fucking irritating and pretty disgusting! Result – saw more than 100 people come and go during my 1 year stay there. Loved the company, absolutely loved the work, and the people, but just couldn’t carry on.
Some outstanding office spaces…