By now, we’ve all heard of “disrupting” industries. But what happens when office influences such as noise, disrupt employee productivity because of the open office trend?
According to the International Facilities Management Association, 70% of offices in the U.S. are open floor plan. In addition, Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace shows only 11 percent of workers are engaged and inspired at work, and 63 percent are withdrawn and detached, therefore uninterested in the company’s overall performance. One of the reasons they’re unhappy is because of their work environment and that environment includes an open floorplan.
Although the concept of an open space office is to boost communication and teamwork, it’s becoming increasingly distracting. Being out in the open for employees has become a mix of stress for some and spontaneous collaboration for others. After several years of employees voicing their concern, companies are now beginning to take notice. Trending now is office seating pods designed to be placed in such open space, creating intimate settings where either a group can gather to collaborate or an individual looking for privacy to get work done.
Here are 4 reasons why office seating pods, like the Bondi Escape, may be the solution to the challenging open floorplan for a dynamic office environment.
Work Seating Pods for the Overwhelmed
One reason why employees decrease getting tasks completed in an open space is the feeling of overstimulation or sensory overload. When people, especially introverts, are swamped with too much noise or activity, they become distracted and therefore, unproductive. No matter how much we’d like to think we’re multitaskers, the truth is and science says, we can only really pay attention to one thing at a time in order to do it well.
In order to maximize an individual’s time spent at work, they should be given the opportunity to concentrate on the task at hand without interferences from the murmur of an open office space. This is where office seating pods provide the atmosphere to decrease interruptions (research shows as often as every three minutes) and increase efficiency.
Meeting in the Work Pod
The conference room is naturally the first area with privacy when you want to meet established or prospective clients and where to gather for a last-minute meeting with co-workers. Although for large groups this room is ideal, for only 2 to 3 people, a long conference table makes any meeting distant and impersonal. Connecting on a smaller and personal scale allows for greater conversation, focus, and collaboration.
Request for Privacy with an Office Seating Pod
According to several research reports, the number one reason people have concerns about open concepts is privacy. Not only does this apply to traditional office spaces, but also to healthcare organizations, and higher education institutions. We’re constantly immersed in “social” whether online or in the office, leaving little time for the individual. Collaboration is a wonderful thing, but sometimes you need to remove yourself from the conversation.
Therefore, privacy can mean different things to different people. It could mean we need time to decompress from a long meeting, concentrate on a task, have a private conversation, or just need some time to compose ourselves without noise and interruption. Office seating pods turn one of the biggest complaints of an open space into the ultimate solution.
Let’s face it, there will never be an ideal space for everyone to work harmoniously. Designing custom office seating pods for environments with a variety of settings can benefit those who want to engage in open collaboration, those who need to work in teams, and those who want to work alone. It’s about creating a floorplan to encompass these desires while maximizing the workflow of those who dwell in it day in, day out.
After all, we spend 30% of our lifetime at work. Shouldn’t we have the flexibility to allocate our time with a mix of collaboration and privacy when we need it?