Creative Ways to Use Room Dividers in the Office

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Room dividers have been a long-time feature in many workspaces. Facility management teams can use them to solve a lot of different office issues, from privacy to noise control. Regardless of whether you're working in an open concept office or in smaller, private offices, room dividers can help to maximize the space and optimize office wayfinding. Here are some creative ways to use room dividers to improve productivity and efficiency.

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Create collaborative space

Room dividers are great for creating distinct specialized spaces or zones. Many offices today are placing a key emphasis on collaboration, as it increases employee engagement. By looking at your floor plan on a space management tool, you can create an office layout that includes collaborative space to foster both collaborative spaces and individual workstations. Consider using room dividers in a common room or foyer to create semi-private areas where teams can brainstorm and connect.

Add some greenery

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Room dividers can have functional purposes as well as aesthetic ones. For offices looking to maximize on their greenery, consider using plants to separate workspaces. Not only do they provide a pleasant, oxygen-producing barrier between desks or work areas, but they can also reiterate your office's commitment to green space, employee happiness and productivity.

Create flexible barriers

Room dividers are highly practical in that they can be easily added or removed to make a space more private. Depending on the needs of the company, you may find you occasionally need collaborative space but also need areas where employees can concentrate. The ability to create privacy on demand is a huge advantage to smaller offices, who may not have the square footage to permanently provide both kinds of space. Determine your staff’s needs—do they need multiple walls for privacy or only need their computer screen blocked from view? Consider using clamp-on desk dividers that can be easily removed when teams need to work together, or larger screens that serve as three-quarter length walls.

Using your space management tool, you can identify where room dividers can create temporary spaces as needed.

Be sure to consider specific departments' needs, such as weekly meetings or performance reviews where additional privacy may be necessary.

Separate your home office

Remote workers can use partial room dividers to create a home office out of the corner of a kitchen, bedroom or living room. This can be an appealing option for those with flexible work-from-home policies who may not want to devote a full room to creating a functional workspace. Consider creating a home office using bookshelves and/or free-standing panels. If one wall of the space doubles as book storage, it won't look quite so out of place in a living room or bedroom, and will help to keep the office comfortable yet visually distinct from the rest of the home.

Use cross-functional dividers

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Your divider doesn't have to be an office eyesore—in fact, it can be used in other, practical ways to encourage productivity. Consider splitting up space using free-standing whiteboards that teams can use to track goals or for brainstorming purposes. Dividers can also double as cork-boards or space to post inspirational quotes, team photos and office mandates to help keep morale high.

Whether you're in a traditional corporate office or an open concept space, you can strategically design the spaces you need for optimal productivity. When planning out your office, consider using space management and visual directory tools to plan an optimal floor plan in real-time.

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