Wednesday 31st January, 2018
The good news is that glass partitions are once again openly lauded for their ability to keep your workplaces on-trend – a stylish solution of choice for modern office design, in three major ways:
Versatility of office space is a key trend in 2018. With the workspace one of the highest expenses for businesses, utilising all available room is essential; and yet it is often challenging to juggle the balance between utilising all possible space productively, whilst also allowing spare space for future business growth.
To solve this dilemma, Glass partitions offer a quick and cost-effective way to transform an office with minimum intrusion. Glazed partitioning can bring into use previously neglected areas of space and create room for new workstations without the need for structural modification. For businesses undergoing tougher times, glass partitions can be used to reduce space but still give the appearance of openness and a productive environment. Glass partitions also help to insulate a space, therefore offering savings on energy costs. Most glazed partitioning systems can be moved and reinstalled, which allows for adaptability as business requirements change.
Collaboration is a hot topic, and a workspace designed to help build relationships between colleagues and teams is becoming increasingly important for businesses. Open-plan offices remain a growing trend in office design, and in this context, glass partitions create effective room configurations to help improve teamwork and communication. This is because glazed-partitioned, open floor plans remove the hierarchy associated with private offices, placing everyone on a level playing field which lends itself to a more cohesive office environment where colleagues respect each other as equals.
The concept of staff wellbeing is a growing style trend. There is an increasing recognition that staff wellbeing needs to be prioritised to reduce stress on employees and reduce sickness absence, and office design is an important factor in its ability to impact on emotional wellbeing and physical health in the workplace.
This is because, although open-plan offices have many benefits, staff can feel that they do not have enough privacy or quiet space in which to work. Glazed partitioning can help to create a greater degree of privacy, making it easier for staff to get their work done. Glass partitions incorporating switchable glass or blinds can provide additional flexibility by allowing smaller rooms to be shut off from the main area when needed, while soundproofed glass also creates a further sense of privacy. What’s more, glazed partitioning is also a great way of maximising a workspace’s natural light.
So in 2018, we are once again seeing glass identified as synonymous with modernity, style, and creating a sense of professionalism which can only serve to benefit your business.