VC On: Flexible Workstations (Video)

As technology and a younger generation enter into the workforce, offices are becoming less static. Take a step into any office and you will find that workers can seamlessly cycle through various work modes with great ease. Matched by the shift towards open office environments, we have found a large need for workstations that provide employees not only with the ability to focus during heads down work time, but also with the ability to collaborate without having to leave their desks. The challenge in this is finding a balance between privacy and transparency.

We addressed this challenge in the space that we designed for computing technology company NVIDIA, by creating workstations with movable white-board partitions. In doing so, we were able to give NVIDIA employees a way to adjust their environment to meet specific work needs.

1. Focus and privacy

Separate and private workstations. Image © Neil Alexander for Visnick & Caulfield

Separate and private workstations. Image © Neil Alexander for Visnick & Caulfield

When employees need to put their heads down and focus, they can roll the partition into the center of their workstation to create a personal and private environment within the workplace.

2. Communicate and collaborate

Half open partition. Image © Neil Alexander for Visnick & Caulfield

Half open partition. Image © Neil Alexander for Visnick & Caulfield

By leaving a gap between the work desks, the partition can be rolled back to a mid-way point. This allows for ease of communication while still providing some privacy and noise reduction.

3. Group work and meetings

Nvidia collaborative work stations

Collaboration mode. Image © Neil Alexander for Visnick & Caulfield

The partition can also work to create a semi-enclosed space for collaboration. In this set up, the mobile whiteboard allows users to conduct group work without having to book a conference room. This flexibility is great for quick meetings, working in teams, and impromptu collaboration.

Flexibility in Motion

As you can see, we carried the concept of flexible workstations throughout the entire NVIDIA office.

Overall, flexible workstations help maintain an open office while still allowing users the ability to have privacy and maintain focus throughout the day.

Written by Isobelle Hemmers
Edited by Jeff Seltzer, Principal at Visnick and Caulfield, IIDA, NCIDQ Certificate 008094, Daniela Maher Associate at Visnick & Caulfield, Leed ,NCIDQ Certificate 28090
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