4 August 2015
The Daily News

Office Privacy Helps with Creativity and Productivity

Open OfficeThere is an increasing trend for open office spaces as it claims to help employees communicate and stir the creative process. Companies cast privacy aside to improve productivity and creativity using this layout. It may have its advantages, but there is still value in having a private space for your employees.

The Cons of Open Office Layouts

A team of designers from Hamburg, Germany originally envisaged the open office layout in the 1950s, to let ideas flow and make communication easier. An increasing set of evidence suggests that the open space impairs the very things it tried to achieve.

In a 2011 review by organisational psychologist Matthew Davis, he discovered that open office layouts created a sense of company mission and a laid-back atmosphere for employees but had adverse effects. Workers in open offices had shorter attention spans, had a drop in creativity, productivity and had a lower job satisfaction.

Compared to having their own private space, open office employees had increased levels of stress, reduced focus, uncontrolled interactions and were less motivated.

Constant distractions and interruptions from fellow colleagues were detrimental to concentration, productivity and creativity. The noise that open layouts created is the biggest detriment to cognitive performance.

Privacy is Still Important in the Creative Process

Private office spaces reduce noise and potential interruptions by fellow colleagues. This reduced possibility of disruptions help your employees stay focused on their work. The occasional brainstorming among your workforce is vital to the creative process, but having a place to think without any distractions is just as important.

Window films, frosted glasses or partitions allow you to redesign your office to make it more private. You do not have to sacrifice design with purely functional features. A decorative window film adds a touch of creativity to an otherwise dull work area.

A window film or frosting on glass keeps a work area or meeting room private from outside disruptions. Your employees can work without interruption and stir their creative juices.

Privacy helps workers make mistakes and get creative with their ideas without pressure or judgment. That private office or cubicle you provide your employees allows them to fully engage in their work undisturbed for better performance and ideas.