Portable Partitions Australia recommends freestanding privacy screens to
reduce distractions and disruptions in open plan office layouts.
An open plan office is a popular concept but often creates problems when
implemented with issues such as the need for employee private spaces or defined
employee/customer boundaries often overlooked during planning stages. These design
faults are only realised once the office is fully functioning.
Open plan designs can be especially problematic if the space serves as a
customer retail point as well as a fully functional office, with the ensuing noise
and interruptions disrupting employee routines and impacting productivity. The
lack of privacy for employees from the general public is one major drawback of
open plans in addition to potential security issues with customers unknowingly walking
through the office.
Portable Partitions Australia (PPA) was recently approached by Konekt
Wollongong (NSW) to help provide a privacy solution between their customer reception
area and main office space, as well as create a breakout area for staff.
The client sought a clear customer/employee boundary to be easily created,
with the option to quickly open the room back out to its full capacity as and
PPA’s freestanding folding portable privacy screens were selected for
providing a simple and highly cost-effective solution to the client’s problem. Made
from an acoustic honeycomb board with a fabric finish for noise dampening, the portable
partitions are ideal for splitting rooms to serve multiple functions. Being lightweight
in construction, the privacy screens can be easily folded, moved and stored when
not in use.
The screens also allow artwork and notices to be easily pinned and
tacked to the panels to effectively create a mobile information board.
Bethany Christian, Business Support Officer at Konekt Wollongong said
that the PPA divider is used as a privacy screen in their reception area,
creating a barrier between staff and customers in the open plan office and
ensuring privacy. The freestanding privacy screens also act as a deterrent for
customers from walking into the office space. The divider has also been used to
create a breakout area for staff, concealed from visitors.