60215496 - empty cubicles inside office building, place of workFor the last few years, many corporate offices have transitioned to open concepts and collaborative working areas. However, as a result of current events, industry experts expect offices to revert to more separated spaces. But does that mean the workforce will return to sealed-off cubicles?

Well, not entirely. While people’s desks will likely be spaced out more thanks to social distancing, it’s still possible to implement open spaces that provide a relaxed atmosphere and encourage productivity.

Installing clear barriers between desks has been used in many offices before. Dr. Susan Huang, medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention at the University of California, Irvine, has long used tall plastic barriers between desks, according to the New York Times. She told the newspaper that it was not with the idea of combating germs in mind, but more cutting down on noise carrying throughout the office.

If you do decide to portion desks off at your office, that doesn’t mean you also need to separate them with solid walls or partitions. Using plexiglass or glass allows for some division but also the ability for people to easily talk amongst themselves. Clear walls also give your office space a more open feel and allow workers to see one another, even if they’re not at the same table or desk space. It encourages teamwork and collaboration while maintaining safety.

If you don’t want to implement glass walls everywhere, consider a corner office or conference area. Locations like these are perfect for installing an Alur glass wall, duo or dividing wall. The dividing walls are easy to assemble and fully integrate with most furniture components, bringing a new standard to privacy––so you can work in relative silence––and functionality.

We don’t know how long social distancing measures will last for or what a post-pandemic office space will look like, but we’re here to assist you and your team in this brave new world. In the meantime, we’re also offering virtual consultations to help our clients prepare for what lies ahead. If you’re interested in learning more, call us today at (713) 789-6006 to find out more.