It’s useful to remember that privacy is multi-dimensional, this means that there are various factors at play when designing private and focus spaces within the workplace environment. There are four key fundamentals; how much we can see, how much we can be seen, how much we can hear, and how much we can be heard. These four considerations determine the level of privacy a space provides, and the types of work task its best suited towards.
A strategically designed workplace should provide a range of workplace settings that provide varying levels of privacy. These spaces should support and facilitate a range of tasks for individuals, pairs, and small teams. Not all private and focus spaces need to be fully enclosed. When planning private and focus spaces, it is important that the balance between working privately and working together is achieved so that people can still work collaboratively, without the risk of distractions. The addition of partitions, high backed seating or booths can also support focused group work, as well as fully enclosed acoustic pods designed for smaller groups.