People Miss Privacy at Work!
Trends in office furniture styles and layout have changed radically in the last ten years. Cubicles with high walls that gave employees quiet and privacy have gone out the window in favor of the "Open Plan Office" which encourages collaboration between employees.
There is currently a backlash to this trend, however, from people in the workplace who are dissatisfied with the lack of "speech privacy" and a drop in productivity due to the open office noise levels. A New York Times article published in May of 2012 reprinted this quote:
“In general, people do not like the acoustics in open offices,” said John Goins, the leader of the survey conducted by Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment. “The noisemakers aren’t so bothered by the lack of privacy, but most people are not happy, and designers are finally starting to pay attention to the problem.”
The Times article went on to talk about how many people go off to the bathroom to have the private conversations they feel they cannot have in their open plan office.
One solution to the problem is to install a sound masking system, like those available from Office Furniture NOW!
Another solution is to install Modular Offices with Doors, also known as Full Privacy Cubicles, for those employees who need acoustical privacy to perform their job or who would benefit from the productivity advantages of a quiet place to work. Here are the advantages of Modular Offices with Walls:
1. Full Privacy Cubicles are Cost-Effective.
2. Full Privacy Cubicles are Flexible
3. Full Privacy Cubicles come in Many Options
4. You can choose from New, Used, Refurbished or Newsed Modular Offices with Doors
|Open plan offices can be great! However, a lack of acoustical privacy can reduce people's ability to communicate meaningfully and lead to a decrease in productivity.|
|This is a photo of one modular office with a door, including a glass panel to add light and visibility. The colors of the panels (here they are tan) and the finishe color (here the finish is dark brown) can be selected.|
|Modular office cubicles with doors can be laid out in a simple block like this, or in more complicated configurations.|
|There are many available options when choosing modular offices with doors, including storage types, panel and trim color, and desking and seating options.