The effects of office workspace characteristics on employee productivity and satisfaction : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)
Due to several changes and trends in the business world, a need has been created for the restructuring of the office workplace. Studies have revealed that changes in office design can improve productivity, employee satisfaction, and can attract potential employees and clients. This discussion attempts to reveal how workspace characteristics such as privacy, number of enclosures, and accessibility affect employee productivity and satisfaction. The well-known office design controversy is discussed: enclosed office versus open office system. This paper advocates the use of an open office plan with sufficient enclosures around individual workstations. By implementing various changes to create a balance between privacy and accessibility with the use of partitions, office design can become an asset to any corporation.