In a nutshell an Office Pod is a self-contained room which can be placed within a larger space, usually in an office. What is an Office Pod? The pods are pretty much independent units that give workers the possibility to work in a secluded environment, far from the various distraction of any public space. Many of them are also mobile, like the Treehouse Pod, which makes them perfect for office space optimisation.
An Office Pod’s structure is similar to the traditional telephone box with four sides and a roof/ceiling but they also come in larger sizes. The materials used are usually a chipboard with plastic coating such as mfc and mdf but sometimes upholstered panels are used too, like in the Bea Meeting Pod. Office Pods have additional features such furniture, such as seating which can be for one or more people and tables/desks that provide users with the necessary things to work on, in comfort.
While the recent and current trend in office design has been considering open and shared work spaces, putting an emphasis on peer interaction and collaboration in the office, this is not always the best for everyone. Take for example workers who might be sensitive to noise or who might perform better with areas they feel relaxed. Introverts especially, can be sensitive to distraction and prefer to work privately to concentrate. It’s not just introverts either. Most employees complain of loud noise in the office at one time or the other, a survey by the IPOS suggested it was as high as 99%. Open-plan offices make it difficult for people to find refuge and privacy. Office Pods are a great solution for this, especially those with high-level acoustic properties, like the Loco Phone Booth, they isolate noise and distractions while still being in the same office space and can easily fit into an existing design scheme.
Some of the key activities that Office Pods can be used for:
- Making and receiving calls in private
- Video conferencing
- Tasks that require a high degree of concentration
- Working on tasks in a place less susceptible to distraction
- Private meetings or sensitive conversations