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Foster Productivity While Maintaining Privacy at Your Workplace

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Many companies have converted their offices to feature workspaces that are more open, usually by installing cubicles or similar structures that are designed to provide some privacy while saving valuable space.

Some of these office conversions came out of necessity during the 2008-2009 recession. At the time, there was also a widespread belief that open workspaces offered a more collaborative atmosphere than closed offices. The belief was more collaboration would nurture increased productivity.

However, some employees complained about their open workspaces, leaving many companies looking for a new way to design their offices. But how do you design a workspace that allows for ultimate collaboration and creativity but still provides workers with privacy and a place to focus?

The solution isn’t to create private offices. Not only can this be a waste of space, but many would consider it a waste of a business's economic resources.

Private Zones at Offices Strike a Balance

Instead, companies are creating “private zones” amidst open workspaces. They’re designed to serve the dual purpose of offering employees a chance to get away from the noise of communal areas and providing quiet rooms for intimate meetings.

This school of thought has already been adopted by several major U.S. companies, like Silicon Valley Bank. Based in Santa Clara, CA, Silicon Valley Bank began their workspace redesigns in 2012 by adding “phone booths” that could accommodate one or two employees. They also incorporated “huddle rooms” for small meetings and changed the ratio of chairs to employee from 1-to-1 to 2-to-1.

With plenty of chairs and a variety of work spaces available, employees at the bank now have more options than ever when choosing where and how to work; and the results are noticeable. According to Tom Suro, the bank’s Director of Real Estate Workplace Services, they’re now getting “positive feedback” from their employees regarding their workspaces.

changed the ratio of chairs to employee from 1-to-1 to 2-to-1

Companies like Silicon Valley Bank have big budgets, which makes redesigning office spaces easy. Unfortunately, not every business in America has the funds needed to build “phone booths” or “huddle rooms.”

The good news is, you don’t have to have a massive construction budget to modify your office. At Office Furniture Source, we have plenty of affordable options to switch up your workspace, from compact workstations to moveable glass walls. Browse our products online or get in touch with us today, to see how we can help you recreate and reimagine your office for maximum productivity.

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