Mobile whiteboards (vertical writing partitions) are essential element of open plan workspace, especially where your work methods require you to communicate ideas in both a visual format and in words. Methodology such as Agile Project and Design Thinking are classic examples of this way of work.
When choosing your next whiteboard consider the following attributes to optimise the value from your purchase and not just the cost on your credit card!
Writing Surface – how the writing surface performs over time will contribute positively or negatively to the users experience and productivity.
- Ghosting is what happens to poor quality whiteboards, this happens because the protective surface is rubbed away with cleaning allowing the marker pen ink to penetrate the polymer. If you don’t want to make using your workwalls/whiteboards a nightmare choose ceramic steel surface or glass. These surfaces are more expensive but will last for many years. Think of the wasted time trying to clean a board that is of poor quality not to mention the cost of your employees not being enabled to run their scrums or design conversations.
Movability and storability – how the product enables space to flex and change will mean that your workspace doesn’t lose its effectiveness as business needs change.
- There are numerous benefits that can flow from well-designed mobile whiteboards. You can activate underutilised space, change the number of enclosed meeting rooms (increasing occupancy) and allow collaboration to happen where your teams work, improving productivity. One of CDS’s clients saved $10m by changing the way they work and collaborate. A reduction in fixed meetings combined with implementation of agile project work underpinned most of the savings.
Aesthetic – how the product looks conveys meaning to the users and reflects the organisation brand. People are more likely to enjoy environments that reflect care and provide affordance. Your purchase decision also reflects your care for the people that use and the customers you serve.
- We take ques from what we perceive and see. If you see something that is well designed, functional and interesting you will care for it, use its function and feel positive about the interaction and who made the experience possible. Mobile whiteboards are key tools for people working collaboratively.
Acoustic Utility – how a mobile workwall (vertical in design unlike mobile whiteboards which are horizontal) is placed can change the movement of noise, in some circumstances reduce noise and thus impact overall productivity of a space. It is well known that too much noise can be distracting but designing the right amount of noise can stimulate creativity.
- Whiteboards that are horizontal are old fashioned and don’t create acoustic barriers or privacy screens. It is most likely that only one side of a whiteboard will be used at any given time, but a workwall will allow for both sides to be used at the same time. If you design the space, locate mobile workwalls carefully you can reduce the need for other acoustic treatments as one of our architect partners proved.