If your company is about to relocate to an open plan office space, then you may have decided to put up partitions. These partitions enable you to divide your space into work areas, meeting rooms and offices.
Partitions come in many different shapes, sizes and materials. Ideally, you want to install partitioning that makes the best use of your space and that creates an effective working environment. Glass partitioning could be the answer.
What are the benefits of using glass to partition your new offices? Take a look at three benefits of glass partitions.
1. Let in More Natural Light
Natural light can increase your workplace productivity by up to 40 per cent. You do get some more useful benefits if more of your staff can work in natural light. People feel happier working in this light. It lifts moods and makes people feel good. You may see a reduction in people taking time off sick. Plus, your staff may also be more productive and creative.
Your open plan space looks bright and airy right now — after all, it has nothing in it yet. However, you’ll lose some natural light once you start dividing up the space. Some partitions can significantly reduce the light that comes into your office.
If you use solid partitioning, then the only people who work in full natural light are those who sit next to windows. Other people get a decreasing amount of natural light depending on how many partitions sit between them and your windows.
If some of your staff don’t get enough natural light in their workspaces, they’ll have to use artificial light during some or most of their working day. This isn’t great for your staff or for you. Allow natural light to spread across your office space if you use glass partitions. Glass doesn’t block light, which allows more of your staff to benefit from natural light as they work.
2. Keep a Clear View of Your Office
While you trust your employees to do their jobs and don’t want to be a heavy-handed manager, you need to make sure that your staff are working when they are supposed to be working. Solid partitions give people walls to hide behind.
If people know that nobody can easily see into their working spaces, then they may be encouraged to relax and chat a bit more than they should. You may lose hours to long lunch breaks and excessive web surfing.
Glass partitions give you a clear view across all your office space. People are less likely to mess around if they know other people can see them.
3. Get More Flexibility
Glass partitions can be more flexible than other options. For example, you can add sliding doors to some areas that allow you to open and close up spaces as you need them. You can also use different kinds of glass in different areas.
While you want the benefits of open plan working, you may want some parts of your office to be more private and closed off from view. You may not want clear glass in meeting rooms or in senior management offices.
So, in these cases, you could have some of your partitions made from frosted or tinted glass; soundproofed acoustic glass also gives you extra privacy. This gives the people in these offices the privacy they need without compromising the overall effect of your glass partitioning.
If you aren’t sure how to use glass partitioning most effectively in your new office space, contact us. South Melbourne Glass is a glass and glazing specialist with over 30 years of experience. We can help you choose glass partitions that make your office look good and that create the perfect working environment.