“How APPLE AND FACEBOOK has adopted the open plan office and their experiences, good and bad”
Open plan is considered as the generic term which is used in the architectural and interior designing of the floor plan. It makes the use of large, open spaces and also reduces the use of small enclosed rooms like private offices. Apple and Facebook also considered this method related to open plan office. The open plan offices also boosted the confidence level of the employees towards the organizational activities.
Facebook and Apple adopted open plan office by focusing on the concept of modern office and also on the building which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. When Facebook introduced its new campus in 2012, Mark Zuckerberg stated that it would be the biggest open floor plan in the world. The campus which is a single room stretching 10 acres and it was designed by architect Frank Gehry (Frankel, 2015).
By focusing on the experience in context to Facebook, it has been seen that it is a good experience for the employees and also for the top management of the company. The design of the building states that the company focused on openness and transparency. The open plan office provides flexibility and also creates positive environment in the workplace. Through this concept it can be easy for the employees to share their views and opinions with each other and it also made the process of communication easy and flexible. With this concept the company also considered the needs of the employees like physiological need, safety need, esteem need and self-actualization need (Osemeke & Adegboyega, 2017).
It is designed so that collaboration and speed can be enhanced and also the natural lights pour in the skylights through windows. The employees who are working in the world’s biggest office named as Building 20 also believed that the open offices helps to enhance the productivity and also brings more creative in context to work. If productivity level of the employees is enhanced then it can be simple to enhance the overall sales of the company. It has been seen that employees are happy with the interior of the company and with this they can easily give their best towards the activities of the company (de Bakker, Aries, Kort & Rosemann, 2017). Due to this the confidence level of the employees boosted and they work in a dedicated manner towards the assigned activities.
Also, Apple takes into consideration the concept of open plan office and it has been seen that experience is bad. The employees of the company revolt for this concept when it is considered by the company. The employees of the company stated that open floor plan focuses on the pods which have huge open workspaces and also shared tablets. It has given effect on the engineers and developers of the company who are used to work in the private offices or in cubicles.
The internet software teams of the company resisted to move from the old headquarter to the new headquarter because they believe that the work environment at the new headquarter is not good. It includes the bench seating, long work tables and also open cubicle spaces which are not accepted by the employees of the Apple Company. The employees also stated that open plan office will negatively impact the overall productivity level of the employees which is not beneficial for the growth of the company. So, the experience of the employees in the Apple Company is not good they resist the method of open plan office. Also because of this concept the negative impact can be seen on the entire operations of the company.
Therefore, it has been analyzed that for Facebook the open plan office is one of the effective concept that has given success to the company. The employees of the company also accepted this method and impact can be seen on the overall level of productivity of the employees. When Facebook considered this method it has been seen that it is beneficial in context to the communication process also (Hongisto, Haapakangas, Varjo, Helenius & Koskela, 2016).
By focusing on the Apple Company it has been seen that this concept was not accepted by the employees. Also the experience of the company is bad because the employees do not find it a solution concept. They believed that negative impact can be seen on the overall working environment of the company. The company also neglected this concept which has created bad experience for the company.
Therefore, it can be stated that for Facebook open office plan concept is good but for Amazon open plan office concept is bad.
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