For almost every organization, the primary constraint on office space design is cost. Cubicles are the cheapest, and that’s why 70% of North American office workers have a cubicle. Study after study, for decades, shows that cubicles have a negative impact on our mental and physical health and they’re not the best option for productivity.
Ron Friedman, in his book The Best Place to Work, describes how the most successful organizations take a cave mate and campfire approach to designing their office space. Another affordable alternative is to include the five elements described in this video.