Making A Comeback: Cubicles In Unexpected Places
You walk into a room with beautiful exposed brick walls and industrial features in every direction. There are long sleek tables with many people crowded around them collaborating. The employees walk around freely on the phone, with earphones in, or talk to each other in the middle of the office. It seems like the perfect environment for you. Its chic, modern, and fun and you cannot wait to be a part of their team.
Your first day you are eager and ready to learn, however, you quickly realize that the beautiful tables and design you originally fell in love with, may be a hindrance in your learning process. As you sit at a table and listen to your mentor explain everything you need to know, you can’t help but focus on the three other conversations going on around you that are not related to your project. People are walking by saying “hello” and you turn around to find out they aren’t talking to you; they are just on the phone. Your mind is jumbled and you’re not certain how you will maintain the work load you are given with so much going on around you.
You are starting to think maybe you made the wrong choice, maybe this isn’t the atmosphere that best suits you. Don’t worry though, because you are not alone. Although the open office plan appeals to many with its beautiful layout and collaboration areas, it is nothing shy of a productivity killer. Employers who once took the leap to change their office to an open office layout are now changing them back to cubicles to ensure that productivity levels increase. Not only are offices reverting to the original cubicle layout floor plans, so are many other places that one would not expect. The cubicles are making a comeback and here is where you can expect to start seeing them.
We can finally say goodbye to those ER “privacy” curtains and hello to cubicle walls. The curtains in the emergency room are good when it comes to taking up very little space, however, they do not offer a patient much privacy. Therefore, many hospitals are installing cubical walls. These walls are moveable and adjustable, and you can add or take away as many as you want to best fit the hospital’s needs. While it is a wall and it creates more privacy than a curtain, they are small enough to allow just as many rooms as you would have with a curtain. This also gives the hospital the opportunity to create separate rooms without adding real walls in case the need for expansion arises. Emergency rooms may be the last place we expect to see a cubicle wall, but with the proper placement, they could create a totally different atmosphere in the hospital.
Spas are a place you visit to unwind and relax. It is probably the last place you would expect to see a cubicle. Cubicle walls are starting to show up in a lot of spas for several different reasons. For starters, much like offices, spas need a way to create some type of division in the rooms. They need a place that is open and large enough for maximum relaxation, but small enough to feel like the client has privacy. The cubical walls in rooms used for massages or facials, allows the atmosphere to maintain dark and secluded, sending senses to your body it’s time to relax. They also double as a sound barrier to what’s going on outside of the wall. Whereas areas used for manicure’s and pedicures, waxing and other services need to be well light, this is where spas are starting to use the glass sapphire wall system. These cubicles are strategically placed to give a luxurious and peaceful feel rather than an office vibe.
Much like spas, tanning beds need to create seclusion in each room for the user to change. However, separate rooms within the building are not necessary. You can achieve this necessity by just adding modular walls. In other words, a new business can go into a large room and not have to do any renovation by adding or taking down walls to fit their needs. Instead, they can add as many or as little as rooms that they want by opting for modular walls. These walls can go almost to the top of the ceiling making it feel like the user is in their own space. This opens many more options for the location of their business since they can build their own walls and tear them down freely. Unlike spas, tanning beds do not necessarily need to mask the sound going on outside, however, they do add some type of sound barrier.
Cubicles are making a comeback not only in office’s but in other businesses too. The multi-propose use of the cubical wall is more convenient than renovating and building or tearing down walls. This allows the business owner to way more options when deciding where they want to open their business by giving them the freedom to create whatever atmosphere that they would like. Their functionality serves many purposes and can be changed at any time. Although many jumped on the “open office” band wagon, studies have shown that they do not test to be the best for productivity. These are just a few types of business’s that will start using cubicles in non-conventual ways. Personal space is important to each one of us, that is why creating an area where we feel comfortable, weather you are a guest, or an employee is vital. This is when most people will start to thrive within their work and accomplish more as well.