Loftwall Blog

18 Jan Balancing Virtual Privacy in the Open Office

The balance of privacy and collaboration in the open office is a hot button subject that has been repeatedly discussed in our blog, among other places. The notion of privacy, though, has generally revolved around mitigating visual and auditory distractions. While this view of privacy is important and valid, there are several other components of modern office privacy that must be addressed as workplaces evolve. Employees are taking the path of least resistance to find what works best, and technology must be taken into account. When creating an open office, how much are you taking visual, auditory and virtual privacy into account?
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12 Jan Three Quick Improvements You Can Make to Your Open Office Design Published More ShareEdit

The feedback from offices with an open office design is relatively consistent — there is an increasing need for privacy. On a more positive front, the open office has been a catalyst for employees gaining control over where and how they work. Find a common workspace too noisy? If noise-cancelling headphones aren’t in hand, many workers will opt to find a quiet space or an empty conference room to complete tasks that require focus. What the open office compromised in quality it made up for in stronger levels of collaboration and cultural cohesion. This doesn’t mean privacy can’t make a much-needed comeback, however. Here are three quick improvements dealers can make to change their open office design for the better.
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14 Dec Essential Open Office Design Do’s and Don’ts

Open office design can mean the difference between a thriving, interactive office space and an environment that wears on employees over time. Simply having an open office layout isn’t a solution for a lack of collaboration or the need for a more vibrant company culture. As a dealer, you will have a hand in creating a space that not only pleases your clients upfront, but will give end users a return on their investment well after your consultation. For that, there are some do’s and don’ts. 
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09 Dec Can You Hear Me Now? The Important Balance for Open Office Acoustics

Setting up the ideal open office space isn’t easy. Workers will often resort to noise-cancellation headphones or sneaking into an unattended conference room to find a personal haven for themselves if things get too noisy. While complete silence isn’t necessary to concentrate on high priority tasks or have confidential meetings, there is a threshold where average sound levels have a discernible impact on employee performance and happiness. Finding the right materials and being mindful of office structure can help everyone create better working acoustic solutions.
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30 Nov Cut the Noise: Open Office Solutions for Auditory Distractions

Created to promote collaboration, brainstorming and company culture by design, the open office can be a noisy place. Unfortunately for end users, noise distractions are detrimental to productivity and employee satisfaction. According to the Harvard Business Review, 60 percent of workers and half of all workers without office partitions are frustrated by a lack of noise privacy. Noise-cancellation headphones can only go so far. Dealers must be prepared with solutions to help end users find the auditory privacy solutions they need.
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16 Nov Open Office Solutions: Promoting Natural Light

Not all lighting sources are equal, especially when it comes to employee productivity, health and overall happiness. A nearly windowless workplace design drenched in fluorescent lighting will not only cause employees to be less alert, but will lead to a quicker onset of late-day fatigue. How you manipulate natural and artificial lighting means far more than illuminating a room. Your lighting decisions within workplace design hold weight.
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