Decades ago, office workers sat in rows of neatly lined desks with no dividers between them. In the interest of increasing productivity, promoting health and wellness and improving working conditions for mid-level workers, the concept of a cubicle came into being in the late 1960’s. Over the years the cubicle concept was thought to be more flexible as well as offering visual and acoustical privacy.
Most of today’s cubicles are designed to be more open and collaborative. As a result, the benching trend has arrived. The term benching essentially refers to rows of
worksurfaces that are parallel to each other around a central technology infrastructure
that conveniently provides access to power and data and also holds individual lighting
and work tools. Users sit face-to-face or side-by-side. The worksurface can be a
single long expanse or individual surfaces ganged together, fixed height or adjustable.
Benching provides customized, attractive, productive and technologically advanced work environments.
Many companies are finding that the next generation of workforce is different. They are more connected and need greater interaction and a different type of work environment. Along with the implementation of flexible work schedules and strategies, like mobile work, hoteling and remote work, today’s typical day at the office is not what it used to be. Over the last several years, a shift toward multi-user and multi-tasking spaces that better serve the more fluid nature of today’s workforce is a prominent one. A greater portion of the workforce is now mobile but still needs a place to work when they are in the office. The resurgence of the benching system is due in part to the recognition that while the workforce evolves, the workplace must evolve to meet changing needs.
Because benching products have minimal visual barriers, they lend an open and
transparent quality to the workplace that encourages interaction and collaboration.
Co-workers have easy access to work together — and socialize together, an
essential ingredient in building trust and teamwork. Benches can help build a strong
sense of belonging and being part of a culture and work community.
Flexibility is another important asset that distinguishes today’s bench. With a simple
combination of structural parts, benching products are easy to assemble and
rearrange to accommodate mobility and workforce changes.
Perhaps the greatest driving force behind benching is the need for companies to find ways to do more with less. Tighter budgets mean fewer people in smaller spaces. Greater utilization of space and smaller footprints have become real estate priorities. Though driven by economics, this philosophy is also supported by a demand for sustainable building. Benching fosters plentiful access to natural light, a mark of a healthy office environment. Benching also offers considerable savings, roughly 25% on space, as well as significant savings on furniture and up to 15% increase in productivity.
Like other contract office furniture companies, New Life Office recognizes that benching is not just a fad. We have created new office furniture products to meet the changing needs of our customers. Please visit our website www.NewLifeOffice.com to see our benching systems.