Office space arrangement for teams needing both privacy and collaborative spaces

By Swindon Link - 27 September 2023

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The staff employed in the office are people of different character, competencies and preferences regarding the working environment. Some people are most effective when they perform their tasks in silence and with concentration, while others are spurred to action by the conversation and energy of their colleagues. Many people also like to have a choice and decide for themselves where to carry out certain tasks. So how do you reconcile the needs for privacy and collaboration in one office? We explain it in the article below.

Modern office space – a balance between privacy and collaboration 

The modern office should be flexible to respond to the dynamic needs of today's workforce. At the same time, interior designers must ensure that the right solutions are included to secure a balance between privacy and collaboration. Flexible offices need to be equipped with a variety of spaces for meetings and video conferencing, but also for working in isolation and in silence. 

On the one hand, privacy is important to focus on tasks, minimise distractions and reduce stress levels. On the other hand, collaborative spaces that support team effectiveness, joint problem-solving and the exchange of ideas are essential. A thoughtful office arrangement should therefore include both areas for concentration and individual work, as well as areas for integration. This is key to maintaining emotional balance and creating a working environment that supports employee efficiency and well-being. 


The importance of privacy and the role of collaboration in the modern hybrid office 

In a hybrid working model, where employees divide their time between fulfilling their professional responsibilities at home and at the company's office, privacy and collaboration take on a new dimension. This doesn't just mean separating desks with acoustic panels, but also being able to seamlessly transition between performing tasks at one's workstation to a place where there is a higher level of acoustic and visual privacy. This increases employees' comfort and sense of autonomy, and translates into a better emotional balance. 

It is also worth remembering that in the hybrid model, the ability to collaborate becomes an extremely important function of offices. They become places where people can physically meet, exchange ideas and creatively inspire each other. Providing collaborative spaces is therefore key to compensate for the limitations of interaction and communication that can occur when working remotely. 

Acoustic booths – isolation when you want to isolate and integration when you need to establish relationships

Hushoffice acoustic cubicles for individual and collaborative work are solutions to combine the needs for privacy, focused work, creative brainstorming, collaboration and socialisation. Office booths are available in a variety of sizes and equipped with the right accessories, so they can easily fit into the dynamics of the office. Sound insulation isolates noise from open space and other stimuli and ensures that conversations are discreet. In addition, the acoustic cabins have lighting control and efficient ventilation to make working in them extremely comfortable. 

A prescription for privacy problems in open spaces

The lack of acoustic and visual privacy makes some employees feel uncomfortable, which translates into less efficiency. Important business conversations, private conversations, video conferences or passing on important data to colleagues require silence and a separate space to ensure information confidentiality. It is also worth noting that conducting interviews in a foreign language or business negotiations is often less effective if the employee feels stressed, distracted and embarrassed by the presence of others. With a depth of only 900 mm, hushHybrid single-person acoustic cubicles are dedicated solutions for focused work in any size of office. Placed in corporate interiors, they are a self-contained environment, providing privacy and the right conditions for effective work thanks to their acoustic properties. The depth-adjustable top gives the user the feeling that the cabin was created just for them. In it, you can comfortably conduct an online meeting or a telephone conversation, or work with concentration on an important project. 

Multi-person acoustic booths for team integration 

The multi-person hushMeet acoustic booths create mini rooms where you can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere without disturbing your colleagues. These specially designed spaces provide sound insulation, so meetings become more constructive and effective. The noise generated during brainstorming, discussions or meetings is not heard by the rest of the people, who can perform their duties with focus in the open space. Co-working office cubicles are cosy spaces that foster good relationships. They have two upholstered sofas and a table, and offer the possibility of mounting a TV. Acoustic cubicles for offices are like mobile working rooms for flexible teams and can easily keep up with dynamic changes in the company.

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