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A Clear Choice: The Benefits Of Office Glass Partitions

Glass partitions are a valuable addition to the modern office, helping to create fluid boundaries and light-filled spaces. They can enhance the aesthetics of your office, creating a more pleasant environment for visitors and employees, and also boost wellbeing and productivity.   

Here’s a closer look at the advantages of glass partitions in office spaces, and how to take care of them for the maximum benefit and longevity.

Encouraging the flow of light

Offices that are dark and dingy, or have to rely on artificial lighting throughout the day, are much less welcoming and attractive to visit and work in than a naturally lit open space. The reduced need for artificial lighting also saves on energy bills and lowers the carbon footprint of the building.

The effect of natural light on our mood and well being is well documented. Studies have shown that workers who have little access to natural light have poorer sleep quality, lower energy levels, and are more prone to physical illness. This can impact productivity and morale in the workplace. 

Allowing sunlight to flood a space also makes it appear bigger and more pleasing to the eye, which is especially important in smaller offices, where separate workspaces may be needed. Small opaque cubicles can feel claustrophobic and close off communication, whereas glass partitions offer a better balance.  

Sound insulation

Partitions, especially when made from acoustic treated glass, can reduce the level of noise in the office considerably. This is an essential feature for providing confidential meeting rooms where sensitive issues may be discussed, or if quiet spaces are needed for work that requires a high level of focus. 

Acoustic glazing can help to filter out sound vibrations, allowing meetings, videoconferences, telesales work and so on to take place without disturbing the rest of the office and impacting productivity or resulting in confidentiality breaches. 

Flexible office layouts

Office glass partitions are not permanent fixtures, and can quickly and easily be relocated or removed with very little disruption if there is a need to change the configuration of the office. 

In today’s rapidly changing work environment, some businesses may find that they need to expand or downsize according to fluctuating staffing levels, or hybrid working patterns.Glass partitions are a sleek and stylish solution that are easily scabile, and create a modern and inviting place to work.

A balance between openness and privacy

Open-plan offices can divide opinion. Some people feel that they encourage collaboration and teamwork, and foster communication and help to break down hierarchies. However, some workers find them noisy and distracting, and dislike being frequently interrupted by coworkers. 

Glass partitions can provide a good balance between these two extremes, with more private spaces that are not completely shut off from the rest of the office. There is also the option of having frosted or coloured glass, or even smart glass that can become opaque at the touch of a button when more privacy is needed.

Taking the best care of your glass partitions

Glas makes an attractive addition to your office, but for the most impact it needs to be kept in great condition. Smears, dust and stains undermines the light enhancing qualities of glass, and makes a poor first impression on visitors. Therefore include them in the regular cleaning schedule.

The first rule of cleaning glass is to work from top to bottom, so that any dirty water drips on the portion of the glass yet to be cleaned. Clean the frames first, otherwise you will end up with streaks on the surrounding glazing.  If you have sliding glass doors or panels, clean the glass channels to keep them running smoothly. 

Use warm soapy water and a clean cloth or sponge to clean the non-glazed elements of the partition. For the glazing, you can use a commercial glass cleaner, or make your own by adding equal parts water and distilled white vinegar to a spray bottle. However, if the glass has special coatings, follow the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions.

Dust the glass first to remove loose debris, and then spray the cleaning solution directly onto the surface. Wipe it in circular motions with a clean microfibre cloth or kitchen towel until it is squeaky clean and sparkling.

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