As the author of this article about office furniture in San Diego points out, business real estate in California is expensive. The less space employers have to pay a monthly lease for, the better. However, there is a fine line between being efficient and packing workers in like sardines. When employees feel crowded and undervalued, their stress levels rise and morale plummets. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to reduce the overall square footage required without sacrificing individual comfort.
Properly configured cubicles can take up much less room than U shaped workspaces with a desk, bridge, and return. For example, an L shape has a more open feel while reducing the space taken up by furnishings. Scott Chapman at the American Chronicle points out that today’s compact, flat screen monitors can eliminate the need for employees to have 3 work surfaces. In addition, less storage space is required as companies move away from paper documentation.