Office Design: Open Plan Offices With Glass Partitioning – The Ideal Solution
An open plan office design with glass partitioning is the ideal solution for modern companies. Read on to find out why.
An open plan office design maximises the number of employees that can be comfortably seated within a space. Without partitioning walls, there is more room for desks, chairs and storage than is present in a more segregated office space.
Compared to a cubicle office design, an open plan layout is usually much lighter and brighter too, which makes it a more pleasant environment to work in – leading to increased employee well being and reduced staff turnover.
An open place office design also allows the greatest freedom of movement within a workspace, enabling members of staff to migrate, from one section of the office to another or from one job role to another, with the minimum of disruption or downtime. The arrangement of seating and workstations can be altered easily, especially if there is a liberal supply of telephone, power and computer points in the building.
Another benefit of an open plan office is that it helps to encourage teamwork and enables employees to interact easily with each other. Communication is made that much easier since everyone is in the same room together, often with the workforce, supervisors and managers working together on the same floor. This means that any decision sought from supervisory or managerial level can be easily and quickly obtained making communication faster and more effective.
However, open plan offices also have their downsides. The open space and noise can be distracting for some employees leading to reduced concentration and productivity. Also privacy can be an issue, with an open plan design – so some partitioning is usually required to create an optimum working space.
Using Partitioning to Improve An Open Plan Office
Office partitioning can be used in an open plan office space to create private areas. For example, management and HR meetings will require a private meeting room to discuss confidential information.
Office partitioning can be used for soundproofing to reduce office noise levels. For example, it may be beneficial to screen off your sales room, where the noise levels are highest. Managers and other key personnel may benefit from a quiet, partitioned office space where they can focus more easily on the work in hand. In each of these instances, office partitioning can improve the overall functionality of the office space, adding the benefits of a cubicle office design, with the minimum loss of space. It is easily and quickly erected and can be just as easily, dismantled and rearranged.
The Benefits of Glass Partitioning
Glass partitioning is often used in open plan offices, to add soundproofing and privacy where needed. It lends a modern, spacious feel to any office environment, maximising on natural light to create a truly open feel whilst at the same time providing a level of privacy sufficient for closed door meetings. To enhance privacy, window blinds can be fitted or manifestation applied in a wide range of designs.
Glass partitioning comes in both clear and frosted glass options and can be double glazed for added soundproofing. With the double-glazed units you have the option of an integrated window blind for added privacy and protection from sunlight.