Most workplaces these days have an open floor plan. They’re touted as a popular way to maximize space use, lower costs, boost productivity and increase collaboration between employees. It’s also an effective way to counter the issue of siloed or isolated employees. However, it’s not without its flaws. An open plan workspace tends to have higher levels of office noise and more distractions, all of which can have a negative impact on productivity.
Here’s our solution. And don’t worry, you can still keep your beautiful open office!
Rather than reverting to a closed floor plan to create privacy and reduce noise distractions, adding a work or meeting pod is an affordable option that creates a microenvironment while still retaining the collaborative nature of an open office.
A “pod” basically refers to a closed off cubicle. It doesn’t sound that exciting does it? But just you wait and see!
Nowadays, companies have taken it upon themselves to revamp an outdated, fairly average looking and turn them into a modern, clean-looking cubicle. Depending on its use, the pod is typically furnished with a desk, chairs, electrical outlets and perhaps a few decorative items to pull it all together.
It isn’t as big or as executive as an official boardroom, but it creates a quiet, multi-use space where employees can go to focus on their work, make a phone call, take meetings, or even sit back and unwind when they need to get away from their desk! It’s no wonder work pods are becoming a staple of the modern office.
Still need some convincing? Here are six more benefits of the work pod:
Compared to building a meeting room which could take months or even years, work pods really deliver in terms of ease of implementation. Let’s take BOOQED’s QUBIC pods as a reference point – it takes a mere 21 days from sign up to set up, which includes manufacturing, customization, installation and all. What’s more, they come fitted with seating, lighting, power, connectivity and ventilation so all you have to do is show up to get started!
And because the pods aren’t a permanent fixture, you don’t have to worry about things like negotiating with the landlord to approve renovations.
Work pod present a cost-effective alternative to building a room from scratch, and can lower your operating costs by up to 45% compared to a traditional fit out whilst still serving many of the same functions.
Work pods come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit your operational needs. Whether you want a four-person meeting room, a single-person workspace or even a nap pod, the possibilities are (almost) limitless!
Plus, if you fancy making a change to your office layout or need to move to a new location, the pods can be easily reconfigured or moved with minimal disruption to your office routine. These are particularly perfect for startups who have limited space and require more flexibility for when it comes time to scale up.
If you’ve ever worked in an office, you’ll know that there are some conversations that are difficult to have in front of your colleagues – whether it’s because you get nervous talking in front of other people, or if there’s sensitive client information you need to discuss privately. This is where a pod comes in handy.
Pods that support noise occlusion offer a safe, secure space to give employees the privacy they desire and also prevents disrupting everyone else in the office too. It’s a win-win!
Let’s face it – a big drawback of an open office is the constant noise. When you’re working on something that requires your undivided attention, there is nothing more distracting than your colleagues on the phone or the subtle buzz of people chatting away nearby. A work pod provides a much-needed quiet spot where employees can sit down to get some work done without being interrupted. So, if you’re looking for ways to boost individual focus and work performance, adding a work pod to your office is an efficient way to do so!
Implementing a smart furniture solution that increases employee productivity is great and all, but how about the fact that they provide a fun, eye catching piece that adds to the style of your open plan office? The pods themselves have a clean, timeless design, but they can also be modified to suit the end user’s brand colours and materials.
In fact, customization is highly encouraged. All of our QUBIC work pods come in a range of shapes and sizes, and have the option of customized branding to ensure the units match the colour palette of your office design.
As you can see, there are many reasons as to why work pods are becoming increasingly popular in the workplace. If you’d like to know more about implementing work or meeting pods into your office, get in touch with us today!
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