Noisy and distracting environments inhibit our ability to ‘focus and work without interruptions’ - a key contributing factor to productivity, according to Oxford Economics. Open-plan spaces, while contemporary and stylish, often fail to deliver the calm, quiet environment needed for optimum productivity. As a result, many employees in these workplaces spend their days unfocused and distracted - which is bad for morale and for business.
A recent US research project showed that 95% of 10,000 office workers interviewed reported that ‘working privately’ was important to them; though only 41% of these people were able to do so in their current office set-up. Furthermore, even pre-COVID, medically-funded research indicates that employees working in open-plan offices are 62% more likely to take sick leave versus those in private offices or cubicles. In a new world where containing the spread of disease has become paramount, these numbers suggest that investing in adequate office furniture can improve not only the productivity of your workforce but also their chances of remaining healthy.
So, what can you do to transform your open-plan work environment into a safe, peaceful space which promotes concentration, employee health and productivity? We recommend a collection of Office Furniture Partitions.
What Are Office Furniture Partitions?
Office partitions, dividers and screens can offer less invasive alternatives to the traditional office ‘cubicles’ preferred in previous decades. They come in a wide range of different sizes and shapes for use in different circumstances - and amongst our extensive ranges you’ll find a style that works for your office, whether that’s sleek and modern or classic and colourful.
From desk dividers to mobile partitions on wheels, concertina screens to curved meeting pods – there are hundreds of office furniture partition options to browse through to create a bespoke solution for your office requirements.
Desk Divider Screens
For a suggestion of privacy without the full height cubicle effect, desk divider screens can give a good balance; offering individual work spaces while maintaining the general open-plan feel.
Our standard ranges include wave-shaped and straight desk dividers made with pinnable fabric panels and even tool accessory rails. For more effective noise reduction, our acoustic dividers are designed specifically to absorb sound for a quieter working environment.
Choosing transparent glazed or Perspex® panels is the most effective way to prevent the spread of sickness throughout your workforce - plus they allow light to travel through the room for a bright and airy feel. Their wipeable surfaces mean they can be regularly cleaned and sanitised to prevent sickness from travelling around the office.
All of our desk dividers are made in the UK and come in a range of heights, widths and colours. We also offer bespoke options if you can’t find exactly what you need. Prices for our desk dividers start from just £48, and with several items available with fast dispatch, you can have them set up in your office within days.
Free Standing Office Partitions
Offering more coverage than desk divider panels, office screens can be used to divide up your office into smaller spaces, such as different departments or meeting rooms. These ‘zones’ allow staff to concentrate better and improve workplace productivity as people are grouped with their team members.
Thanks to our range of standard office screens, it’s simple and inexpensive to create flexible and efficient work areas within your workplace. Dividing an office allows your organisation to adapt, grow and respond to the changing economic challenges as the screens are demountable - they can be moved and re-configured at any time.
Our fabric office screens come in curved, straight or wave shapes, as freestanding panels or with lockable castor wheels so they can be rolled around the office as needed. They are made from 25mm or 35mm-thick partitions covered on both sides with a luxury loop nylon fabric that’s pinnable so you can use them as display boards with pins, staples or Velcro. While our fabric office dividers are available in a range of colour finishes, printed partitions are also available if you would like your office screens branded or printed with patterns or designs.
Acoustic Office Dividers
When it comes to reducing noise pollution in busy offices or call centres, installing acoustic office screens is, without doubt, the best way to achieve your goal. Our range of specially designed acoustic office dividers are available as 35mm-thick panels (standard acoustic range) or 60mm-thick screens with a centre void (Premium acoustic range) then covered on both sides with a layer of foam-backed luxury loop nylon fabric. Both designs will help to absorb sound and create a peaceful office environment.
Our Standard Acoustic range includes straight or wave-shaped freestanding office screens in a wide choice of sizes and colours, as well as a selection of acoustic desk screens.
Our Premium Acoustic range is our best-quality office screen designed wholly with noise reduction in mind. Excellent acoustic qualities result from the design, construction and materials used. Also available in this collection are curved office partitions, which can be used to delineate meeting or relaxation spaces when grouped together as part of a meeting pod ‘kit’; ideal for a smaller working space in a large office or retail showroom.
If you don’t want to fundamentally change the look of your open-plan office, but you need to offer employees quiet places where they can go to work, installing meeting pods or booths is a great way to set up smaller meeting areas or private study spaces without altering the open feel of your main office.
There are a range of different options available in our collection of meeting pods; from fully or partially glazed meeting rooms with lighting and ventilation (ideal for creating meeting rooms or private offices in a fully open-plan office space) to s-shaped partition walls which divide up a workplace while providing two small meeting pods.
Glazed Perspex® Screens
While screens and dividers made out of glass or Perspex® were in use before the recent pandemic, since the arrival of Coronavirus, these partitions have become vastly more popular as office furniture thanks to their effectiveness at maintaining social distancing measures. The transparent finish of these office dividers also maintains a light and airy workplace. Keeping your workforce happy and healthy is just as important for productivity as noise reduction, so Perspex Screens play an essential part in keeping your business running smoothly.
Our range of social distancing screens includes a wide variety of screens in different shapes and sizes suitable for all kinds of different businesses. Typically made from Perspex®, but also available in acrylic or safety glass, these panels are easy to wipe clean and sanitise regularly to help prevent transmission of the virus between employees.
Browse our range of Perspex® screens to find desk dividers, movable office screens on wheels, hanging dividers, retractable counter screens and even floor-to-ceiling glazed cubicles.
Open-plan offices work brilliantly for some businesses, but for others, offering a little more peace and quiet can be a useful tool to transform your workplace. Office furniture partitions are a great way to do this. With our extensive range of office furniture partitions, there’s no limit to the creative workspace layouts you can design.
For more information about setting up your office with office partition furniture, our expert team is always on hand to offer advice and help you to select the right products for your business. Give us a call on 01234 676767 or visit our Contact Us page to get in touch.