What are office partitions?
Office partitions are simply moveable panels that separate working areas in a building. They allow businesses to set up their teams to make their working days as productive, harmonious and constructive as possible.
Many planners choose to seat members of staff within the same subsection (finance, admin, sales etc) together and filter the seating accordingly so that those who are likely to interact the most can do so easily and without wasting time.
Partitions can be fully enclosing for absolute privacy or lower where more interaction is desirable.
Do office screens make staff more focused?
Screens can be beneficial for a workforce if they are able to meet the happy medium of allowing for some privacy whilst making necessary interaction as easy as possible.
Whilst there are times when someone will need total peace and quiet to work on a project or task, it is not desirable to be shut away on one’s own all of the time. Being amongst team members and bouncing ideas around, seeking advice and asking for help are far more likely in a more open environment. It also allows a team member to identify if it’s a good time to approach a colleague or to let them be if they are obviously in the middle of something.
Creating that balance, where staff have their own private workplace but are able to work together as a team when required without having to knock on doors, walk from one office to another or send yet another email is the key to an efficient and focused team.
How much do office partitions cost?
This is largely dependent upon a business’s requirements; standard plasterboard, aluminium framed partitions will cost around £100 per panel and can be ordered up to six metres in height. The cheapest options are the 50mm depth units and the cost increases slightly if 75mm or 100mm depths are preferred.
The greater depth helps reduce noise and provides greater fire safety performance.
Mobile concertina screens are also available and prices range from around £300 to £700 depending on the width and height that is required.
Glass partitions, especially double glazed options will run into a few thousand pounds. They are desirable for maintaining high levels of natural light and blocking out the most sound.
How to partition office space?
There are almost endless options when it comes to the more detailed planning of an office layout. Staffing requirements and the kind of team that a business has will play the lead role in most decisions.
The more general approach is to avoid blocking natural light by not placing higher screens close to windows for example and to allow for freedom of movement for the staff to access other team members and office facilities.
Within the desired approach lies the requirement to comply with modern health and safety measures and these should not be dismissed. It is a legal requirement that any business must adhere to and should be considered before more precise planning is undertaken.
Most modern office partitioning units are light and mobile so it is easy to modify a layout if any issues emerge in the first few weeks of the new set up.