Last year, we looked at one programmer’s opinion about whether IT workers prefer offices or cubicles. But now there’s more extensive data available from a survey conducted by Computerworld. Author Cara Garretson reveals that not all tech employees have the same desires when it comes to their office setup, but there are some definite trends.
The most successful approach employers are using for IT staff appears to be a blended work environment. There are some collaborative areas for when team members need to have an ad hoc discussion or troubleshoot a problem. But workers also have the ability to retreat into cubicles or semi-private workspaces such as small conference rooms when they need more privacy. The flexibility of being able to choose where to work at any given time seems to be more important than the “office or cubicle” debate – as long as the noise level is addressed.