Open plan offices encourage friendliness and collaboration in the office. However, they often also mean employees can get distracted by conversations on the other side of the workplace. Increasingly, companies want the best of both worlds – the privacy of the enclosed workspace coupled with all the advantages of open plan.
Thames Contracts have specialised in office space planning for companies across London, in areas including Enfield, Edgware, Borehamwood and Watford, for well over 20 years. Here we look at some of the latest trends which are changing the feel of open plan offices.
This design style encourages the use of different types of workspace, each tailored to a specific task. For example, effective offices will have one area for collaborative working, and another for individual tasks requiring a good deal of concentration.
One way of achieving this is to choose dynamic furniture. This means that desks, tables and chairs are portable and can easily be moved around to where they are most needed.
These give you a maximum amount of flexibility with your office design. The option of demountable panels means you can easily switch a part of your office from an open space to a private meeting room and back again.
Thames Contracts are specialists in supplying glass office partitions for companies in and around north London. We also offer many varieties of frosted glass partitioning, tailored to fit your individual requirements, and we can incorporate your company logo in the glass manifestation.
Work or Meeting Pods
These are effectively an office within an office; they are standalone items which are largely self-enclosed and soundproof.
This means employees on a particular project can collaborate with far fewer distractions from colleagues. You can also choose specialist items such as phone pods, which means workers can make calls or take part in video conferences and not worry about other sounds. Many pods are demountable and can also be moved to other areas of the office, if you need to revert back to open plan.
Booth seats are a simpler solution than a pod space. They have high backs and curved sides, which reduces the chance of users being distracted by sights or sounds elsewhere in the office.
These are grid or hanging systems which deflect the noise which is generated in the rest of the office, turning it from a distracting chatter into what has been described as a ‘busy hum’.
You can also have speakers targeted over specific areas or workstations. Using white noise can helps to cover up other distractions, or certain types of music can be pumped through speakers to increase productivity.
Thames Contracts are specialists in office space planning, design, refurbishment and fitout projects. We project manage the whole process, including removing any existing furniture and fittings and making sure all the utilities and other services are all connected at the right time. Follow the link above to find out more about our services in London and Hertfordshire, including Enfield, Hitchin, Stevenage and Dartford.