Craving more privacy at work? Learn 5 key strategies you can use to achieve privacy in the office.
You may have heard the open-office floor plan is dead. You may have heard we need more open spaces to collaborate at work. What if we told you, everybody is right? Let us explain.
Despite a growing need for teamwork and creativity to propel companies forward, we still need our privacy. Depending on your personality, what you’re doing and how your day is going, your need for privacy changes. Privacy is contextual. It’s all about what you need to do your best work in the moment.
Melanie Redman, Steelcase WorkSpace Futures senior design researcher, identified five different privacy strategies you might use to achieve the control you need.
5 Personal Privacy Strategies
1) Strategic anonymity
Think about why you might choose to work in a cafe. You want the energy and vibe, but you also want to be unknown. A busy place can help you control social stimulations or interruptions.
2) Trusted confidence
This would be a space you’d go when you want to engage with another person to share information you want to remain confidential. An example might be a performance review or intimate chat with a friend.
3) Selective exposure
“We reveal a lot about ourselves from how we act, how we speak, what we wear and what we eat. One of the complaints about open plan is that people feel too exposed and they’ve lost control about what they share with other people,” said Redman. Selective exposure is about the choices you make about your information – everything from personal data to behaviors.
4) Safety of your information, belongings, thoughts
You want to have your own opinions. These safe spaces guard against groupthink.
5) Purposeful solitude
Redman explains there’s a difference between solitude and isolation. Isolation is a state of mind. Solitude is a choice. When you’re looking for purposeful solitude, you’re not looking to disconnect from the group, you’re just looking to separate yourself physically for rejuvenation, focus or any number of reasons.
A number of factors have led to privacy feeling like a crisis in many offices around the world. People are facing brand-new problems that require sharing information and putting knowledge together in new ways.
More useful informations and research on our website and on Steelcase Blog.
Source of article: Steelcase
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