If you’ve spent any time occupying a cubicle you’re well aware of the power of random noise to distract and disrupt. You can be sitting there contemplating an email from an important client when suddenly your co-worker 5 cubicles over begins talking about the callouses on his feet and it’s like he’s right there in the cubicle with you. This ability of cubicles to capture and magnify random sounds is well documented and is one of the reasons most workers came to loathe them to such a degree. By contrast glass partition walls from I-M-T can help you create a perfect acoustical environment in your office where quiet is respected, conversation is enabled yet contained and no one has to listen to that guy talk about his callouses.
Controlling Noise With Glass Partition Walls
Commercial interior designers across the USA have tried in recent years to address people’s complaints about cubicles by designing wall-less offices. These open plan spaces are supposed to be more democratic than cubicle farms and yet workers don’t seem any more fond of them then they were of cubicles. Why is that? Because workers complain the noise situation in open offices is even worse than it was in the cubicle farm. What’s needed is a middle path and that is what glass partitions from I-M-T provide.
How Glass Partitions Break up the Wall of Sound
In some very real ways glass partition walls represent the best of all possible worlds when it comes to office design. Particularly when it comes to noise control. Here’s how they do that.
- By providing quiet spaces: No busy office should ever be without quiet spaces. The lack thereof is what has caused businesses to rethink the open office plan. There are just times when people need to remove themselves from the din and concentrate on a crucial task. At the same time people need to be able to have important phone conversations without having to shout or discuss important aspects of the business in front of everyone. Glass walls can create those quiet spaces without compromising the open aesthetic of your office plan.
- By redirecting sound: In some parts of the office you’ll want to keep things open but won’t want the noise from this area to negatively impact other parts of the office. Installing a line of strategically placed glass partition walls will help redirect noise into null areas where it can be neutralized. Reception areas can be another common source of noise. In many offices that are more open than closed small talk in the reception area, when not properly contained, often spills out into the rest of the office. A wall of glass partitions between reception and the rest of the office can keep noise contained while allowing visitors (and prospective new hires) to have a look at your dynamic work environment.
- By trapping sound: Sometimes you want to do more than simply redirect noise into the copier area. You want to trap noise in a single space and not let it out. Executive offices, interview rooms and conference rooms are places where personal conversations and important phone calls should stay private. At the same time though you want the light that’s coming in through the CFO’s office windows to penetrate into the office’s central area and so glass architectural walls become the perfect solution to both issues.
- By eliminating unnecessary phone calls: A quarter or more of phone calls in a typical, old fashioned office originate within the office itself. That’s because people can’t see each other. They want to talk but they need to know if the person is available or if they’ve stepped out so they ring them at their desk to find out. Glass partitions help eliminate unnecessary interoffice phone calls because they allow you to see if the other party is at their desk and, if they are, if they’re free or currently engaged with someone else.
Glass partition walls allow you to create hybrid office environments where natural light rules and yet staff have quiet places to go to conduct important meetings, take important phone calls, brainstorm on key projects, interview new hires and more. Glass partitions also allow you to shape sound as it moves through your space and direct it into areas where it can be effectively neutralized.
I-M-T is the premier designer and seller of stylish, low maintenance transparent partition walls in the USA. We’ve been in this business since it was in its infancy and have helped shape the major movements within the industry. We’ve also seen many companies secure a new lease on life as a result of installing glass partitions from I-M-T. If a brighter, healthier and quieter office is something that interests you, you owe it to yourself to investigate glass partition walls from I-M-T.