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 when required.

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.