Some newer entrants into the office space may think that open floor plans and collaborative areas have been the norm since the beginning of time. This, however, is simply not the case. The currently accepted norm of an office space’s construct encourages collaboration as well as private brainstorming free of distractions, but it is not a new concept; it’s just a new spin on a concept created by Frederick Taylor.
From Taylor’s original supervisor-facing, open floor plan to the death of the cubicle, this infographic, provided by the the University of Southern California, discusses the pros and cons of each era of the office space’s evolution and “the who and what” that has spearheaded the revolution of change.
Which approach do you think works best?
Robert Conrad, contributor of this post, is a former Business student that graduated with a 3.91 GPA. He has also worked in a couple of different office environments that practiced both cubicle and open air formats, but never a blending of the two. When he punches out for the day, he enjoys playing video games and trying out new restaurants.