Yes, acoustics is a burning question.
No one wants to have create an open and collaborative office where no one can hear themselves think. Much less do you want a customer on the phone to overhear another conversation.
However, have you considered enhancing your ceiling? With our complete refurbishment and furniture service, we could improve the acoustics two-fold to deaden sound within the room and prevent it from escaping to nearby rooms at the same time. Additional wall and ceiling mounted acoustic panels are often specified to reduce ‘noise’ too.
If you are still convinced that you need high screens for the next level of privacy (particularly in banking, accounting or HR situations), let them be colourful to boost morale.
Screen storage is another great way to break up that expanse of colour, even better, it reduces desk clutter to maintain a sense of proportion.
If industry standards specify high screens on 3 sides to give adequate confidence, then your best bet is to provide plenty of breakout space around to give staff a chance to interact.