With over 70% of American employees working in open space environments, finding a balance between transparency and privacy is an essential part of office planning.

Privacy Please

Today’s workers are craving a balance. Open offices foster collaboration but often leave people longing for a bit of privacy. Outside conversations can be highly distracting and there are times when information being discussed shouldn’t be overheard. But the rise of open offices doesn’t mean privacy in the workplace is a thing of the past.

We understand the value of teamwork, but it’s important to not overlook the value of solo work. Allowing people to have control over the environment they work in empowers them to produce their best work. By creating a variety of spaces in the office to allow for varying degrees of privacy and by utilizing tools to minimize distractions, open offices can be very productive and satisfying places to work.

Read more about our perspective on office privacy:

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.

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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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Products that Support Privacy

IRYS Pod

The IRYS pod makes it possible to add enclosed spaces in open plan offices without architectural renovation.

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SnapCab POD

SnapCab pods offer a simple way to create private stand-alone offices which can be customized to suit any space.

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Clipper

Clipper portable screens are ideal for spaces with flexible layouts, offering a convenient way for teams and individuals to create privacy when needed.

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Lagunitas Lounge System

The Lagunitas Lounge System gives people the option to work in comfort and privacy with endless configuration options to fit a variety of spaces.

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Brody

Brody work lounges and desks offer a way create dedicated private, workspaces in open-plan offices.

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Screens

Whether working solo at a desk or collaborating in a group, screens help eliminate distractions by creating semi-private spaces.

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Panels

Browse our selection of panels to see how you can create defined spaces for individual workers.

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Acoustic Solutions

Acoustic solutions give you a way to reduce distracting noise levels and improve speech privacy in open space environments.

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Advanced Privacy Solutions

Casper Cloaking Technology

Casper Cloaking Technology adds privacy to glass-walled meeting rooms by preventing outside viewers from seeing information displayed on LED and LCD screens.

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Insights & Research into Office Privacy

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.

University of Arizona
May 11, 2016

University of Arizona: Adds Privacy to Open Space

University of Arizona staff started to notice that students were using campus libraries in the same numbers as in years past, but they were borrowing fewer books. Brody WorkLounge seemed an option worth trying.

June 11, 2018

Finding Balance

Re-envisioning of the work environment. Mackinac system consists of distinct “microzones” that support focused work, collaboration among 2-3 colleagues, privacy for rejuvenation as well as easy accessibility for learning and socializing — all in a compact footprint that works in both a private office or a totally open floor plan.

Creative Spaces, Steelcase + Microsoft
February 20, 2017

Why People Search for Better Workspaces

A new Gallup report issues an urgent call to action for organizations: Provide an excellent workplace or people may leave.

Brody
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.

360 Magazine
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.

Designing Spaces for Privacy

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With a library vibe, this area provides spaces where workers can find privacy and focus. Ergonomic seating, access to power,