Benefits of Using Glass Walls in the Office
Open-plan offices have grown in popularity in recent years, but they’re also one of the most strongly debated office design trends around. Companies choose open-plan offices for a variety of reasons, including wanting to encourage collaboration and wanting to promote transparency, but they definitely aren’t right for every company. If you like some of the benefits of open-plan offices but want to avoid some of the drawbacks that come with them, glass walls can help you have the best of both worlds.
One of the most common complaints people have about open offices is that there isn’t enough privacy in them. While transparency is a great thing to strive for, there are times when people might need to have a private conversation or spend some time working uninterrupted. When areas like conference rooms, collaborative areas, and private offices feature glass walls, it helps fulfill the need for privacy without making people feel completely shut off from the rest of the office. For spaces that need some visual privacy, frosted or textured glass walls can be a great solution to consider.
When traditional walls and partitions are taken out of the picture, it’s much easier for noise to carry and as a result, people often feel like open offices are too noisy and distracting. But glass walls offer a two-fold benefit in this situation. Glass walls can be used to help control noise, so people are able to find quiet areas to work in when they need them and things like group discussions won’t be a distraction to others in the office.
By far, one of the biggest benefits glass walls have to offer is the fact that they provide space definition without blocking access to natural light. In recent years, there has been a lot of research about the benefits of natural light in the workplace, so when it’s time for companies to renovate their offices, they’re often very interested in maximizing the amount of natural light their space gets. Not only does maximizing natural light help reduce your reliance on artificial lighting, it can also help employees be happier and more productive at work.
Interested in adding glass walls to your office? Contact Premier Construction & Design. We’ve been designing and building commercial spaces in the Metro Detroit area since 1987 and would love to hear more about your project. To see some examples of our work, check out our portfolio or read some of our case studies.