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Room dividers in offices: how to distribute the space

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The organization and the comfortable distribution in the office open-space contributes to achieve a good work environment. Not in vain, the space distribution and an adequate separation of environments improves labor efficiency by providing our workers with a sufficient, wide, comfortable and suitable space for the development of their activities.

In addition, current decoration trends, aesthetics and space distribution are paying close attention to an adequate separation of environments in the same workplace. Although an office is a work environment, employees work better if they have certain services unthinkable a few years ago as a daycare, a rest room next to the work tables, common offices, massage and leisure room, and so on.

Why is the environment separation so important?

To understand the importance of the environment separation, first let’s talk about the distribution of spaces. A correct distribution of the workplace seeks to improve the increase of the activities developed in the office by providing everything necessary (facilities, decoration, furniture, tables and furniture, among other things) so that both employees, managers and customers, visits and family can enjoy an environment that is as comfortable as possible.

In other words, the space distribution and the separation of environments in offices searchs greater comfort, flexibility, functionality and workers communication so that they are comfortable and perform as best as possible.

But we must have in mind that the spaces distribution is not just a change and restructuring of furniture, spaces, rooms and work posts, but also the modification of the structure of the organization, the improvement of changes in the way of doing things, and the establishment of new objectives and programs such as an increase in performance, or the optimization of the place.

Think of all the advantages that are achieved by just establishing the space well and all that entails:

  • Increased worker safety by ordering the work environment
  •  Increase in production
  • Decrease of undone tasks without realizing as the overall performance is increased
  • Better access and circulation by establishing an effective use of the available space in each room, in this way, workers travel less distances, lose less time and are better communicated among them.

The question is; How do we get space separators suitable for our office? In order to answer this question, the first thing is to know and understand the use of different space separators to distribute the space. Therefore, next we will explain the different types of office separations that exist and which are the best adapted to each space.

Separation of environments; How many division forms exist?

To divide first we need to know what is the total space available. In order to do it, we can use a map, a computer application or a model that tells us about the space occupied by each work area, the available furniture, computers, tables and corridors in order to examine the current distribution and propose a different space allocation.

The environment separation can be done in several ways, through a global integration, a modular or flexible division of certain rooms, a fixed (which includes elements that can not be removed as fixed partitions), or a mixture of the above.

To make this possible, it is necessary to get dividing elements such as partitions, screens, false ceilings, technical floors and partitions.

The general order consider the whole set and thinks about the basic places such as the reception, meeting rooms, places of leisure and common places where most of the employees work. An example would be those offices that need a general restructuring and use this formula to change everything, from where the tables are placed, to the change and renovation of the reception and bathrooms.

The fixed environments separation is that one in which the use of dividing elements such as partitions or walls is used, but they will be permanently located. That is, the final distribution is fixed and can not be changed. This option is not recommended as the changes are definitive and we must be sure that the final distribution is the best, therefore, it is recommended for small and medium-sized stays that have little room for improvement.

On the other hand, for large areas it is best to opt for a flexible or modular division, or a mixture of fixed and modular to have options for change in the future. In any case, the modular division takes advantage of all the advantages offered by flexibility and, in addition, it can be adapted to the future needs of the workers, the furniture can be relocated whenever we want and whenever we can.

Once we know the available space it’s time to divide it. But in order to do it we must take into account the following factors; security, the image and brand of the company, light, access to basic places such as meeting rooms and the space for rest and leisure.

Sharing access to basic places is the first rule to achieve a homogeneous distribution of the place and take advantage of all the advantages offered by proper separation of environments.

To achieve an operative distribution, safe, comfortable for the workers and according to the style and values ​​of our company, we must have the following aspects: flexibility, the whole in its global, security and minimum circulation between the corridors and common places.

Once we take into account all these factors it is time to divide the place and establish some basic parameters according to the importance of the room or stay that we want to divide.

For example, office separations from strategic locations such as meeting rooms should be designed in a central area and easily accessible from anywhere in the office. Likewise, it is necessary to think about all the elements, furniture and decorations that accompany a meeting room.

In this way, it is ideal to place the table near an area with light as the windows to improve the feeling of warmth and comfort to the environment. To improve the place you can accompany the light with colors that enhance the general brightness.

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