Nice and Quiet. The Private Office Reimagined.
Even though open floor plans, blurred boundaries, and multi-functional spaces are gaining ground in the modern workplace, the need for private spaces and individual offices is still a necessity for many organizations. The difference is that the traditional private office often created artificial barriers and rigid codes for employee interaction, while today’s well-planned private space recognizes a changing work dynamic. The huge, double-pedestal desk with its throne-like chair and overloaded credenza are losing favor. Instead, private office furniture offers better form and function — especially when it comes to accessing communication and technology in unobtrusive ways.
Since private offices usually house a company’s highest paid workers, how effectively those workers are supported in private offices is an important business issue. Steelcase research shows that new strategies for planning private offices, leveraging technology and supporting the diverse ways people work today, can make the private office more effective, not only for the people who work in these offices but for the organization overall.