Open office spaces became very popular not too long ago, and many considered them to be an innovative solution for employee collaboration. This layout seemed like a great way to facilitate dialogue, lower costs, and maximize workspace. What’s not to love, right?
Well, it turns out that open offices aren’t as great as we once thought they were. Consider some of their disadvantages:
- Increased expense in the long term
- Highly distracting, making it harder to focus
- Little to no privacy
- Increased rates of sickness and absenteeism in employees
- Increased stress in the work environment
The result? Workers in an open office environment are not only less productive, they’re also unhappy. Open office spaces don't give employees the privacy they need to do their jobs efficiently, and that can wreak havoc on your business
Luckily, Zenbooth has been thinking about just that for a long time!
Let’s look at what you can do to transform your open office into a space your employees will love to work in. With a little creativity and the right office furniture ideas, you can change your workspace and your employees for the better.
Finding A Happy Medium
We aren’t saying that open office spaces will destroy your business; they just need a little assistance to make them work. There are many companies who are turning their business into Activity-Based Work environments (ABW) to do just this.
ABWs combine the open office design with private spaces, creating a functional work area that’s flexible enough to make everyone happy. Employees move around as needed to collaborate or work independently. Remember, not everyone can work productively in an open space, so offering options is a sure way to boost employee moral while improving performance.
The question is, how do you transform your office space into an ABW environment? You only have to look to the current design trends to find your answer.
Every good business leader knows that your company is only as good as its employees, so it is important to keep them happy! Employees expect a workplace where they can not only socialize but also get work done. So being adaptable ensures that you attract and retain great staff who will augment your company.
The design trends of today reflects this philosophy. A quick online search will offer hundreds of ways that you can change the layout of your office.
- Individual or multi-seat desks
- Sound-proof phone booths
- Sheltered cubes
- Standing work areas
- Private working rooms
- Meeting room alternatives
- Cubicle alternatives
Variety gives employees a chance to experience new workspaces, collaborate with their peers, and move around the office in an organic way.
You don’t need to get rid of all the open space, but it is important to provide options for privacy. An open workspace without private workstations is useless, and that brings us to one of the most overwhelmingly popular office trends today: movable conference rooms.
Benefits of Zenbooth's Movable Meeting Pods
You may know them as phone booths, work-booths, or office pods. Whatever you call them, these products have gained favor with companies from all industries. They're the perfect way to turn a poor working environment that hampers productivity into a positive one that promotes growth.
It can be very difficult to get privacy in an office, which is why conference rooms are so popular. But in an open office where can you find a quiet place to meet with clients, employees, or other visitors?
This is where a Zenbooth come in handy. Regular conference rooms are often sprawling, taking up more room than they need to and wasting valuable office space. Zenbooth's are the right size for 2-6 people and they're portable.
The bottom line benefits these products bring to your company include:
- Increased productivity – a quiet place to work will drastically improve employee performance
- Increased collaboration – your staff will find a common energy when they work together in our flexible meeting rooms
- Comfort – sitting or standing, our ergonomically friendly desk can adjust to your needs
- Reduced stress – employees are no longer exposed to the constant aural and visual stimuli of the open office
Collaboration is important but so is privacy. Our booths have optimized acoustic performance to reduce noise-flow from both directions and promote a more tranquil working environment.
Versatility is key. This is why Zenbooths are sold without furnishings to allow you to use them in any way you see fit. They can function as anything from a conference room to a meditation chamber.
What makes Zenbooths stand out against other options?
- Flexible: Our powered adjustable desks are easily adjusted to accommodate a variety of heights.
- Easy to maintain: Our booths are made out of sturdy materials that won’t trap odors and are easy to clean.
- Sustainable: We make sure our materials are responsibly sourced and we plant a tree for every Zenbooth sold
Great ventilation: We use a controlled sensor to detect occupancy, ensuring you stay cool and fresh for as long as you use your booth.
- Bright and Spacious: Each booth has a full plexiglass ceiling to flood the space with natural light.
Fast shipping: Our lead time are the fastest in the industry.
- Free returns: If you don’t love your Zenbooth then return it free within 30 days.
We currently offer two different modular conference rooms, both of which are easy to assemble, use, and disassemble.
Executive Booth XL: The 31-inch worksurface can comfortably fit a couple of laptops and is adjustable to provide maximum comfort.
Thanks to our quick lead times, you can have your Executive Booth in as little as 7 days from your ordering date.
Executive Room: The largest model available, our Executive Room can comfortably seat 4-6 people. This option is great for small group work or meetings, and is a wonderful alternative to a conference room. If you don’t want to spend funds on permanent buildouts, or you need additional conference spaces on a deadline, this is the perfect option for you.
You can have your Executive Room ordered, shipped, and assembled in as little as 14 days with our rush shipping option.
Each model also includes features such as:
- 4 fast-charging USB outlets
- 6 15A 110v electrical outlets
- 2 grommets for data and phone cables
- Aluminum doors with a magnetic latching system
- Accessible door threshold
- Shatterproof ceiling
- 3-year warranty
Office Space and Employees: The Truth You Need to Know
If you want your employees to be happy, healthy and productive, you need to invest in a quality workspace. An open plan office can be just the thing if it is set up right with lots of variety, private areas, and quite zones for employees to work.
Of course, movable conference rooms are a must; if you don't have the funds for a full remodel why not consider a Zenbooth instead?
If you have any questions, we would love to hear from you! Contact us today to find out more about our line of office privacy solutions.