It turns out that the open office layout I mentioned last week is more controversial than I expected. The main culprits are noise, privacy, and ability to focus for an extended period of time. Since the post, a number of people have suggested different ideas to help provide more options for team members, especially when the phone is involved.
Here are a few privacy ideas for an open office layout:
- Replica British telephone booths throughout the space
- Several BuzziSpace BuzziHoods, which are wall mountable acoustic cocoons (imagine a something like a large square helmet that’s three feet across and is comfortable to stand under while blocking out most sound)
- Multiple Framery modern glass phone booths that are soundproof
- White noise machines that are exceptional at blocking out casual conversations while being barely noticeable
There are a number of privacy options to try out and we’ll be experimenting shortly.
What else? What are some other privacy ideas for an open office layout?