The Open Office Doesn’t Have to be the End of Privacy

Despite the fact that over 70% of employees in the US work in an open office environment, there seem to be many more critics than fans. It’s important to remember that privacy doesn’t always mean four walls and a door. Our research pointed to five privacy strategies that people use, sometimes unconsciously, to control their experiences.

5 privacy strategies

360 Research

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Zuckerberg, Gates, Bezos: Why Privacy Matters

What’s driving the privacy crisis? Donna Flynn, director of WorkSpace Futures for Steelcase, explains why privacy and collaboration can get along. Plus, what neuroscience tells us about our need for privacy in the workplace.
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May 23, 2017

Privacy + Openness: It’s About Balance

Private offices aren’t the solution to today’s challenges at work, and open-plan offices aren’t the problem. Rather, it’s about balance.
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October 4, 2016

Supporting Your Need for Office Privacy

Three design strategies for supporting privacy in the workplace give choice and control back to workers.
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3 Reasons for the Privacy Crisis at Work

There are five personal privacy strategies we can all use at work. Melanie Redman, a senior design researcher for WorkSpace Futures at Steelcase, describes these five strategies derived from her team’s research project.
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November 14, 2017

The Privacy Crisis

Although workplaces today make it seemingly easy for people to collaborate, most leaders remain dissatisfied with the pace and frequency of breakthroughs.

Design for Privacy

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Steelcase

V.I.A.

V.I.A. creates intelligent rooms, designed to augment human interaction by providing true acoustical privacy and hosting technology. It provides a sense of permanence with the speed and design flexibility of a relocatable wall.
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Turnstone Campfire Screen

Enclosed in mesh, Campfire Screen by Turnstone creates an office oasis by providing semi-private boundaries.
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Divisio

Divisio side screen allows workers to adapt their space instantly without tools: they can remove the screen to facilitate collaboration or add it on any work surface to create privacy.
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Steelcase

B-Free

B-Free furniture forms neighborhoods within the workplace. Seating, desk, tables, and screens create spaces where people easily connect and collaborate.

Privacy Planning Ideas

Blu Dot Desk 51​, Gesture Chair, Coalesse Bindu Executive Chair​, Blu Dot Dang File Pedestal​, Blu Dot Punk Table Lamp​, Blu Dot Welf Shelves​, Blu Dot Pim Pim Rug 6’x9’, Blu Dot New Standard Right Sectional Sofa Planning Idea Open image tooltip

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A freestanding desk and chair with more residential appeal can be easily added to existing spaces. Products in this application:
Blu Dot 2d:3D Magazine Rack​, Blu Dot Flange Small Vessel, Blu Dot Filter Table Lamp​, Blu Dot Minimalista Square Coffee Table​, Blu Dot New Standard Leather Sofa w/ Chaise​, Blu Dot Sinder Rug​, Blu Dot Wonder Wall 2.0​, Blu Dot Wonder 2.0, Steelcase Think Chair, Thread Hub Planning Idea Open image tooltip

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Small home office can be added to an existing living room. Look for unused corners that can be easily transformed.​
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Small rooms make great home office. Add a lounge chair with a tablet arm and a height adjustable desk accessory
Elective Elements Worksurface and Return​, Elective Elements Credenza​, Massaud Worklounge​, Massaud Ottoman​, AMQ DT Riser​, FLOS Captain Flint Floor Lamp​, Thread Power Hub​, FLOS Kelvin Edge Task Lamp​, Steelcase Edge Series Premium Whiteboard Planning Idea Open image tooltip

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Small rooms make great home office. Add a lounge chair with a tablet arm and a height adjustable desk accessory
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This high performance executive private office supports varied work modes. The focus area offers ample storage, guest seating, and inspiring
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Leaders can split their time, and their space, between individual work and an area dedicated to collaboration and content sharing.
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Everything a leader needs to be successful: a pair of guest chairs for face-to-face dialog, a lounge chair for reflection,
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A setting designed for leaders who spend a portion of their time performing focused work. An intimate, media-enabled breakout area
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Create a resident executive office that communicates status and hierarchy but solves for contemporary users needs. Connectivity to utilities happens
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Owned, private office that thoughtfully incorporates video conferencing by placing market surfaces (glass) within sight lines of the camera –

Empowering Introverts

Susan Cain Quiet Spaces by Steelcase offer five ways to empower introverts at work. Each space supports specific postures, work modes, and expectations for quiet and privacy.

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Susan Cain Quiet Spaces

 

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At Steelcase, we've learned that providing an ecosystem of workspaces that provide employees with choice and control over how and where they work is imperative. We invite you to contact our sales team or a dealer to learn how to design for privacy in the open office.

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