Ways to Create Privacy in an Open Office


You know we love a great open-plan office at BE. They are great for collaboration, creativity and building strong coworker relationships. However, they are not the best when it comes to privacy. Sometimes, privacy is necessary in the workplace for more focused work, meetings with new clients and other important discussions that don’t require the whole team. Luckily, there are some clever ways to create privacy in an open office space. With well-designed, multipurpose office furniture, your workspace can have the best of both worlds.

  1. Add Physical Barriers. Perhaps, the easiest (and most obvious) way to create privacy in an open office is by adding physical barriers such as partitions, screens, or room dividers. These can be movable, allowing for flexibility and easy rearrangement when necessary. Partitions can be made of different materials, such as glass, fabric or wood, depending on the desired level of privacy and aesthetic look you’re going for. Decorative screens and room dividers can also add a unique touch to the office while providing a functional purpose.

  2. Designate Quiet Zones. Another way to create privacy within an open floor plan is by creating quiet areas where employees can work without distractions. These zones can solely act as “silent” workstations, where employees can use headphones or take quick, private calls. You can easily create quiet zones by using the above-mentioned physical barriers, along with appropriate signage.

  3. Utilize Soundproof Booths. Soundproof booths are another great solution for employees who need to take personal calls, talk with HR or conduct performance evaluations. These private, enclosed spaces are equipped with soundproofing materials to reduce noise, ensuring that the conversations or work being conducted inside the booth remain completely confidential.

  4. Incorporate Meeting Rooms. Renovating your existing open floor plan to include more private meeting rooms is perhaps the most effective way to create more privacy. These rooms can be used for confidential discussions, private client meetings, or simply for employees who need a quiet space to work. Meeting rooms can also be equipped with the necessary technology, such as video conferencing equipment, to support remote work and collaboration with those outside of the office. Office renovation will take time, so it’s important to plan for this accordingly with employees, vendors, contractors and office design specialists who can bring your unique vision to life.

  5. Implement Noise-Canceling Technology. It takes more than putting up a few walls. How sound travels through your office also contributes to the level of privacy. Fortunately, noise-canceling technology can also be used to reduce distractions and improve privacy in an open floor plan office. This technology works by emitting sound waves that cancel out background noise, creating a more conducive environment for work. This can be in the form of headphones, earplugs, or specialized soundproofing solutions for the office.

  6. Permit the Use of Headphones. Headphones provide employees with the ability to listen to music or podcasts without disturbing others, and can also be used for zoom conference calls that don’t require the whole team. Compared to a complete office renovation, providing employees with headphones or earbuds is an inexpensive and effective way to reduce distractions and improve privacy within their respective workspaces.

Office Privacy Solutions by BE Furniture in NJ

To learn more about how BE Furniture can give you privacy solutions for your open office, please give us a call today. Our in-house team of modern office specialists are constantly evaluating the latest workplace trends, technology and furniture in order to determine how to best solve issues within your organization. We not only design offices, we design cultures that have the interests of your team at heart. We look forward to hearing from you, but in the meantime please visit our website at: https://www.befurniture.com/

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