The Pros and Cons of Partitioning
One of the main decisions you’ll have to make when renovating your office is whether or not you will make use of partitions. Partitioning has a range of benefits but also a number of drawbacks, and so here we’ll be discussing both the pros and cons of partitioning.
Pros of Partitioning
Increased Creativity: Creativity often increases whenever people feel free to experiment. The prying eyes of curious colleagues can prove a detriment to creative thinking and as such partitions can improve the quality of ideas generated.
More Privacy: While working in an open plan office is often a great way to improve communication between employees, the downside is that nothing can be discussed in private unless you move to another room. Partitions can improve privacy and the attention your employees can offer clients.
Less Distractions: With so many people working alongside of one another, distractions are likely to be rife. Partitions limit distractions in the office by allowing your staff to work quietly and independently.
Branding: One of the greatest things about partitioning is that you can utilise it to accentuate your company’s branding. Glazed partitioning can feature patterns, colours and logos that reflect your company’s brand, making for a professional and enticing atmosphere that will impress your clients and enthuse your employees with company spirit.
Insulation and Fire Protection Qualities: Another advantage of partitioning is that they offer greater heat insulation in your office, helping to cut your energy bills and keep your employees warm in the winter at the same time. Furthermore, partitions can help to protect against and help stop the spread of fire around your office, should one break out.
A Growing Trend: Fully glazed partitioning is a growing trend in offices throughout the country. The reasons for this are numerous, including the ones laid out above, but it is also because this type of partitioning works excellently with open plan spaces. Likewise, you can also incorporate meeting pods, a more subtle form of partitioning, to combine the advantages of open plan spaces with those of a partitioned one. Facebook, Goldman Sachs and Google all combine the two layout styles to create vibrant and exciting office spaces.
Cons of Partitioning
Potentially Harder to Communicate: Employees can find it harder to communicate with one another and collaborate on projects with partitions separating them throughout the whole office. Instead, try to get the right balance between partitioning and open office plans to ensure that communication isn’t affected.
A Crowded Environment: Using partitioning poorly can give your office a cramped and claustrophobic feel that could impair team spirit. However, by expertly planning your office layout, you can try to get the benefits of partitioning without making your office floor appear too crowded.
Ultimately, whether or not you choose to install partitions in your office is up to you and the nature of your company. The kinds of work your company produces may benefit greatly from an open plan office, but other types of work may benefit from partitioning.
Alternatively, you could ensure that there is a combination of the two. Employees could work at desks in an open plan, modern-looking office, while boardrooms and meeting rooms can be partitioned off in exciting ways, such as with glazed partitions or curved walls. Deciding on which renovation option is right for your business can be tricky, which is where CPS Interiors can help.
CPS Interiors specialise in providing superior office refurbishments and interior design services throughout the Midlands. For ideas on how to optimise your office space to create the best professional working environment, including via the installation of partitions, contact our friendly team today.