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Open
office floor plans have been the big trend for a number of years now,
and some companies are finding that after taking down the walls to
foster interaction and collaboration, they have done the job too well.

An article in the Wall Street Journal, “Why You Can’t Concentrate at Work” says that “visual noise” is an unforeseen consequence
of today’s open-plan work spaces that is distracting workers.

From
the article: “Visual noise, the activity or movement around the edges
of an employee’s field of vision, can erode concentration and disrupt
analytical thinking or creativity, research shows. While employers have
long tried to quiet disruptive sounds in open work spaces, some are now
combating visual noise too. The answer could be as low-tech as
strategically placed plants or more drab wall colors.” 

Earth Walls with Sansevieria separating a lounge area from a walkway (above)


The
article goes on to discuss a number of solutions to the problem,
including placing plants to break up large lines of sight to help shield
workers from visual distractions.  The plants have the added benefit of
keeping the noise down too.

We
have seen this first hand at Everything Grows Interior Landscaping with
our Silicon Valley customers and have a wide selection of plants and
containers to create beautiful natural visual barriers with the added
benefits of noise dampening and fresher air.  

Our
most popular solution for open work spaces that are too open is our
Earth Wall. They come 3 to 4 feet long and stand 4 to 6 feet high
depending on the type of plant selected.  They can be moved around, and
we even offer casters for concrete floors that make it even easier to
re-position the Earth Walls as the office space grows/changes.

Earth Walls are great for separating meeting areas or walkways from work areas. Here are a few examples below:  

Earth
Walls with Sansevieria in the background and Agloanemas in the
foreground separating a collaboration area from work areas (above)



This
display shows three different types of plants in Earth Walls on
casters. From left to right: Sansevieria, Neanthe Bella Palm, Agloanema
(above)

This
downtown San Francisco office used Earth Walls extensively to help
break up an overly open work space. Distractions went down and
productively went up. (above)

Do
you have an overly collaborative or visually distracting open office
that could benefit from Earth Walls to get your employees refocused on
the task at hand?   Contact Everything Grows today to
have one of our in-house designers visit your office for a
complimentary consultation and design proposal. Let us help you get more productive!