Benching systems are open-concept workstations generally used for quick “touchdowns” (employees coming into the office for a limited time), as opposed to full-time employees located in the office for the majority of their hours. Benching systems offer minimal privacy and are designed specifically with collaboration in mind.
Benching systems are frequently used by sales and real estate professionals, as well as by auditors, junior accountants, and interns. These systems are also frequently seen in call centers.
Full Panel and Semi-Private Workstations
Full-panel workstations are semi-private spaces that include some acoustic considerations through the use of paneling and tack boards, feature storage options such as upper hutches or lower filing cabinets, and provide increased work surfaces. More traditionally, cubicles fit into this category with their laminate, glass, and fabric surfaces that all offer acoustic properties. A more modern take might also include streamlined design, frosted glass, and built-in power and data outlets.
Semi-private spaces are frequently used by engineers and architects who especially need the larger work surface, as well as doctor’s offices and insurance agencies, which require a certain level of privacy for their monitors so that confidential information is obscured. Accounts payable and receivable departments also prefer the additional storage options offered through semi-private spaces.
Private Office Spaces
For organizations that require a certain number of private office spaces but lack the already-constructed walls typically considered a necessity for such a layout, ceiling-to-floor panels offer enhanced adaptability of any space. These panels can help companies avoid construction costs while creating private spaces that can be accented with glass, laminate, and fabric panels.
Private office spaces are typically seen in older, more traditional settings such as law firms or executive suites. These spaces can also be customized should an organization with an otherwise open floor plan realize a need for a conference room, quiet space, or separate department, such as human resources.