Open plan office space has long been in vogue and while it may have a feeling of community and togetherness it also has its downsides.
Let’s take a look at some of the distractions open plan offices present and then consider the benefits of appointing a professional window and door installation company to create ‘compartmentalised’ office spaces that will benefit all.
Open plan office distractions:
Distractions in open plan office settings are well documented. They affect employees in a whole variety of ways. Some major distractions you will be all too well aware of include:
- Noise disruptions
- Lack of speech privacy
- Lack of personal privacy
- Difficulty with concentration
- Reduced productivity
- Potential, unintentional breaches of confidentiality
Benefits and flexibility of office ‘pod’ installations:
Window and door installation companies that specialise in new office builds, refurbishment of existing office space and relocations are perfectly placed to install office pods in any open plan office space.
They can provide expert advice on placement of pods, explain the benefits of acoustic wall art panels and whether work is required to insulate parts of the ceiling. The choice of partitioning will be yours, for example, smooth glass partitions can be installed in areas where the reflection of sound will not become an issue.
The introduction of insulated barriers in any void areas will also help in terms of reducing sound transfer. What this means is that much of the sound that would normally travel from one office area to another will be blocked.
The installation of meeting pods has all-round benefits:
Meeting pods are increasing in popularity and it is easy to see why. Their quick and easy construction and installation cause minimum disruption to office routine.
Once in use they allow colleagues to meet formally as well as informally to discuss internal strategies and company business issues and are ideal as an area to receive service providers, clients and potential customers.
With appropriate office furniture in place they become stylish spaces that fit with your company ethos and goals while providing quiet spaces which allow employees to use as productively as possible.
Flexibility is the key:
Office pod installation comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. This means they can meet your exact operational requirements. If doors are to be included these come in a variety of different options and the overall eye-catching designs of these units really does add to the style of an open plan workspace.
Increased privacy and productivity at very reasonable costs:
As we have mentioned, it is extremely difficult to hold private conversations in open plan office environments. This makes the availability of a ‘pod’ ideal for such conversations.
Many employees also find it of benefit to use these pods when they need peace and quiet in order to focus and become more productive.
A further benefit is that due to their versatility these pods are excellent solutions when it comes to office reorganization or relocation.
Those looking to improve and enhance their open plan office environment would be wise to discuss the benefits and ease of installation of office pods and partitioning with a respected window and door installation company.
If you are considering building office pods for your company, get in touch with us today!