Leaders Need to Show Empathy for Privacy vs Open Agile Workplaces

Leaders Need to Show Empathy for Privacy vs Open Agile Workplaces

Further to our article a few weeks ago, we are receiving a lot of client queries regarding acoustic solutions for employees who want more privacy and places in which to focus.

In a recent report prepared by Steelcase Research, what workers desire most is:

  • Single-person spaces for hybrid meetings (62%)
  • Privacy (61%)
  • Their own workstations with full or partial enclosure (58%)


Offering the opportunity for privacy in the workplace sends an important message to teams. Leaders communicate that they value their people and respect their individuality. Every person works differently, and while some may thrive in a buzzing and open-format office, others prefer a more quiet and toned-down atmosphere.

Creating chances for privacy acknowledges how times have changed. People’s offices for the last two years were their homes; leaders must show they are aware of the shift in circumstances.

Source: Steelcase Research

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