If you're searching for meeting pods, you may already know that people who work in open offices are 62 percent more likely to take sick days.
Although there's a chance those sick days come as a result of spreading germs, you could argue that stress is a factor as it weakens people’s immune systems.
The fact that 25-30 percent of open office employees express dissatisfaction with workplace noise levels is a revealing statistic in and of itself. Trying to meet quarterly targets in a hectic environment can feel chaotic, and where there is chaos, stress often follows.
So before we talk about meeting pods, let’s dispel the supposed “benefits” of open offices.
The disadvantages of open offices: disruption and concern
Accessibility of workers is actually an issue. Employees are free to talk about work projects at will, but this discussion can disturb nearby employees. Sometimes, personal chatter, encouraged by the freedom of the open office, adds to the noise.
Factor in the sounds of office machinery, elevators, and ringing phones, and employees are bombarded with what is essentially noise pollution all day.
There are visual disturbances, too, as people passing by move in and out of workers’ peripheral vision.
For employees working on high-focus tasks, this constant noise results in a lack of productivity. In fact, a study at Berlin’s Humboldt University demonstrated that it can take up to 23 minutes for employees to regain concentration after being disturbed.
A recent study found that many workers were willing to give up their bonuses, vacation days, windows, and coffee machines if it meant having more privacy throughout the week. Needless to say, addressing this issue in your own workplace could have a strong effect on your office environment.
Zenbooth Duo - a meeting pod for 2
The Zenbooth Duo is our medium size product, comfortably accommodating two workers at a time. You can order the Duo with either a maple or white exterior, though you'll find both have a subtle and cohesive look within your office.
Alongside its calming color scheme, the booth's rectangular shape allows it to easily fit in your office, without taking up any unnecessary space.
The Duo is a great spot in which to relax, brainstorm, chat, and collaborate. This booth is outfitted with dimmable lights, a high-quality ventilation system, and soundproof walls to ensure that workers can focus on what they're doing once inside.
With plenty of electrical outlets, a skylight ceiling, and an adjustable desk, the Duo is sure to be a hit among your staff.
Zenbooth Quad for 4-6 people
The Zenbooth Quad is larger than the Duo, but still compactly designed to fit into your workplace as easily as possible. Comfortably fitting 4-6 people at a time, the Quad is an ideal space for everything from a strategizing area to a recharge room.
There are many features that go into making this room so adaptable to the needs of you and your employees.
Its 3.5 inch thick walls with echo absorption panels keep loud noises and distractions out. Pair that with the twin high-powered ventilation system, the 6 electrical outlets, and the roomy interior, and you can tell this product was made to host even the most urgent group projects.
Zenbooth has greatly alleviated the pressure of having consistently impacted conference rooms in our office. We evaluated a few different options in our search, and it became clear very quickly that Zenbooth was going to come out on top, in terms of customer service, pricing, and availability. The booths were delivered on time and the team went the extra mile to assure their installation was a success.
Dani S. - Verified Buyer
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Heather M. - Verified Buyer
I have some people who will literally spend all day in them. We essentially created mini conference rooms by buying the booths, saving us a ton of time, money, and effort, and best of all: everyone absolutely loves them, and we can move them or take them with us wherever we go.
Ben, Director of Operations at Addepar - Verified Buyer
"The booths are great, everyone here loves them and it's really helped open up our conference rooms for larger meetings. Overall, everything is great and if we end up needing more private booths like this, I will absolutely re-order from Zenbooth."
Will, Operations Manager at Gizmodo - Verified Buyer
Zenbooth’s modular meeting pods: Modern, affordable, risk-free
The modular design of both the Zenbooth Duo and Quad allows them to be easily put together and taken apart. This results in safe shipping and an easy and affordable installation process for your office.
For many employers, having an entirely new room built may be completely unrealistic. Construction can be expensive, time-consuming, and distracting. When you go with a Zenbooth, you don't need to wait on permission from potential building owners or dish out tens of thousands of dollars to get the space you need.
Below we’ve listed 8 specific benefits and / or use cases of adding a meeting pod to your office.
1. Assemble your pod in the perfect location
One of the most convenient features of this meeting room alternative is its portability and ease of assembly.
Standard, traditional conference rooms are built to be static. They're permanence doesn't allow for any adaptation to office layout changes. Employees who need to use the conference room most might find its location not very accessible. Or, any number of changes to personnel and team needs might not be conducive to the meeting rooms original location.
Meeting pods from Zenbooth can not only move to any location in your office, but if you ever decide to leave your current work space and lease somewhere else, you can simply disassemble your pod and bring it with you.
2. Meeting pods can potentially save thousands of dollars in construction costs
This portability and ease of assembly leads to our second benefit, which has the potential to save thousands of dollars.
Imagine if, as your company grows in size, you have to add meeting or conference rooms to additional floors. Hiring contractors to build these out, and the downtime that would occur within your office, could not only hurt your profitability but it would likely slow down productivity as well.
The noise alone would increase stress levels, as studies have shown.
Meeting pods are a terrific alternative to building a new conference room entirely, and as you'll see from our next section, they come with additional features that standard conference rooms don't have.
3. Unlike standard meeting rooms, pods have USB ports
USB ports are probably a tough item to find at older, more established companies. If you're like us, you usually need to bring your laptop or your own adapter with you to a conference room.
That's a pain that no one needs to deal with, and it can easily delay an important meeting or presentation.
Our office privacy pods have USB ports built into the walls so that no matter what device you want to use, you can charge your battery as long as you need to.
4. Zenbooth meeting pods are better at blocking noise
Not all conference rooms are designed specifically to block noise, but our soundproof booths do exactly that.
Our booths are insulated with R-13 insulation, which is ground up blue denim.
Additionally, the R-13 we use offers exceptional thermal and sound control.
5. Zenbooths contain quiet ventilation fans
Each meeting pod we produce has its own sophisticated ventilation system. This feature is strong and fast enough to replenish all the air inside the booth in just two minutes.
We use two exhaust ventilation fans that are exceptionally quiet so team members don't have to worry about talking at a loud volume, or hearing soft-spoken colleagues and clients.
The ventilation system we use also saves tons of energy. Unlike most systems, which need to either be manually turned on or off, our vents are motion sensor activated. As soon as a person enters the meeting pod, they turn on, and when enough time has passed and there is no movement detected, the system turns off.
The vents (and room itself) are powered by a standard 110V (three pronged) outlet. We supply a 15 foot extension cord with each pod.
6. They're a more appropriate space for the 1 person conference call
Countless companies have called to inquire about our meeting pods, mentioning specifically that they're either fed up with one person hogging the only conference room, or that they just need a conference room big enough for one to two people.
That's where the size of our meeting booths makes so much sense.
Adding one to your office, even if it's for a single coworker, can be just the amount of privacy needed to increase production.
7. They free up space for other office needs
The compact size of each Zenbooth means you don't have to tie up limited, valuable office space with the construction of a regular sized conference room.
Conference rooms can look and feel majorly unnecessary when a small team of 3-4 workers are sitting at a table for 12.
Going with a meeting pod allows you to conserve precious real estate and use it for other beneficial features your staff needs. This additional space could be used for a bigger kitchen area, or more partitioned desks. It could also be used for a meditation room or waiting area with a television.
Regardless of how you decide to take advantage of the extra room in your office, it's going to make your workplace much better.
8. Zenbooth meeting pods are eco friendly & recyclable
Like many companies in Silicon Valley, we recognize the need to create an environmentally sustainable future.
This includes the production of our meeting pods. Zenbooth works with local suppliers and only includes recyclable or renewable materials in the construction of our products.
Not only that but all the wood used for the pods comes from local, American forests.
Contracting out for the construction of a conference room means you might not know exactly what materials you're adding to your work space.
Get in touch with us today
Zenbooth representatives are happy to provide you information about how our meeting pods can improve your office. Professional assembly or an assembly tutorial can also be provided. We ship our models across the nation - the only exceptions being Hawaii and Alaska.
For information about financing, shipping and warranties get in touch with us at our contact page here.