Engagement in the workplace is at an all-time low. In fact, according to the Steelcase Global Report, disengaged employees make up one-third of the average workforce and only 13 percent of workers are highly engaged.
There's a lot of evidence to suggest that this lack of engagement has to do with the inability to find privacy in the workplace, threatening people's engagement, stress levels and overall job performance, as well as their emotional, cognitive and physical wellbeing.
To solve for the lack of privacy, every workplace should provide access to a variety of areas where people can easily collaborate, and private spaces where they can focus without being subjected to constant noise or distractions.
Here at Egyptian Workspace Partners, we believe solving for the lack of privacy in the workplace is as simple as creating distinctly different spaces that work for different people at different times.
In this article, we'll help you understand what the four different types of privacy are, and how you can incorporate them throughout your office to drive innovation, growth and employee engagement.
What are the 4 Types of Privacy in the workplace?
As reported by Steelcase, there are four different types of privacy that people instinctively consider when looking for a private space. All four types tend to overlap with one another:
- Acoustic privacy – Users are undisturbed by noise or can create noise of their own without disturbing others
- Visual privacy – Users are unseen by others or free from visual distractions
- Territorial privacy – Users can claim a space and control it as their own
- Informational privacy – Users can keep analog and digital content (or a combination of both) and a conversation confidential
3 wAYS TO pROMOTE pRIVACY in the workplace
1. Craft tailored experiences with an ecosystem of spaces
To solve complex problems and generate new ideas, people have to be able to come together. However, too much interaction and not enough privacy can actually take a toll on employee creativity, engagement and wellbeing.