Initially, managers introduced these floor plans to utilize their available space, while simultaneously cutting costs.
Not only did this seem practical, but bosses believed an open layout would help employees to increase their productivity. They thought workers would shy away from wasting company time if their boss could see what they were doing!
Another foreseen 'perk' was the alleged fruitful communication among employees. The notion was that lumping everyone into a single room would force coworkers to mold as a team.
However, for many offices these alleged 'perks' haven't manifested themselves. Instead, workers are feeling the negative impacts of this toxic environment more than ever. In an attempt to crack down on social media browsing, online shopping, and personal phone conversations, a big mistake occurred, and it rears its ugly head in the form of the wide-open modern office.
Open-plan workspaces are loud places full of stressful distractions. So it's no wonder that employee productivity has taken a turn for the worse. Consequently, thousands of companies aren't reaching their full money-making potential.
When you stop and think about it, how can you expect your workers to focus on their tasks amidst so much chaos? Take a look at just a few of today's typical workplace distractions so you can see for yourself what your employees are dealing with!
- Loud typing from the receptionist.
- Multiple phone conversations coming from your sales team.
- The scraping of chairs as people get up from their desks
- A constant flow of people walking through the office.
- Loud music blaring from coworkers' headphones
- The buzz of telephones coming from a plethora of desks
- Laughter as coworkers share a joke.
- Loud chewing as a fellow employee tucks into their lunch.
- The noise of an electric pencil sharpener.
- The tapping of calculators coming from the finance department
There's nothing wrong with these noises. They're all commonplace in a typical working office. However, they are distracting which can be frustrating.
In response to this problem, our researchers and engineers have worked tirelessly to create the perfect office quiet space.
The Proof is in the Genuine Scientific Research
Don't just take our word for it. In a 2014 article, The New Yorker analyzed numerous studies. They found overwhelming evidence to support the adverse effects of open-plan offices:
“Psychologically, the repercussions of open offices are relatively straightforward. Physical barriers have been closely linked to psychological privacy, and a sense of privacy boosts job performance. Open offices also remove an element of control, which can lead to feelings of helplessness.”
In addition to this, shocking statistics show that employees who work in open-plan offices are over 50% more likely to be absent from work when compared to employees who work in private offices! The primary excuse given was sickness. Naturally, when workers are missing from their post, it detrimentally affects the day to day running for any business.
Furthermore, a 2013 study found that distractions in open offices directly contributed to a lower standard of work. Plus, almost 50% of employees said that a lack of privacy also reduced the quality of their work.
The evidence is compelling and the facts are simple. When employees work in a quiet environment, they feel more relaxed. This, in turn, improves their focus at work.
Yet, a mindblowing 70% of offices in the US now have no or low partitions, according to the International Facility Management Association.
Today's office design is irrevocably damaging the workplace and negatively affecting your employees. So, we're here to help you put a stop to this, today!
You'll be pleased to hear this solution doesn't involve hiring a contractor to renovate the entire office space. Luckily for you, we offer a far more cost-effective and practical solution.
Instead, we recommend installing one of our fully self-contained office phone booths. This is the ideal solution to providing your workers with a quiet workspace with minimal distractions or interruptions.
How Do our Soundproof Office Phone Booths Work?
Leaders within the architectural productivity space industry designed the Zenbooth phone booths. They are self-contained units and come in a range of sizes. You can opt-in for smaller booths, suitable for the use of one or two employees.
Here at Zenbooth, we're proud of the quality of our units. We only use the finest materials to create our booths. Plus, they're incredibly practical. Rest assured, they're both easy to assemble and transport around the office. Furthermore, should you need to move to a different location, they're just as easy to dismantle.
Other Benefits of our Office Phone Booths
A Private Working Environment
Don't be fooled by the name. The use of these booths isn't limited to telephone conversations. They're also fabulous for teams working on projects that need to be kept private from the rest of the office.
Additionally, all companies need a private space for employees to come and speak to a member of your management team. This is especially important if the subject matter is personal. Privacy is essential when these kinds of conversations are taking place. It wouldn't be professional to broach personal issues within earshot of the entire office!
Your Company's Reputation
Forcing workers into hallways and outside office blocks to attempt an uninterrupted telephone conversation not only wastes time, but it also reflects poorly on the company. Naturally, when calls to clients are interrupted, it looks unprofessional.
Office Pods Benefit Your Employees' Comfort
Our engineers have crafted these units with your comfort in mind. Each booth has a built in ventilation system to keep it from overheating or becoming humid. It also has USB and regular electrical outlets to power all devices.
Do Your Bit for the Environment and Support Eco-Friendliness
Here at Zenbooth, we aim to excel in every area of our business. This includes doing our bit for the environment. We've taken the plunge and ensured that all of our booths are eco-friendly. All units are crafted locally. Additionally, we only use materials from suppliers within the near vicinity.
We guarantee that any wood used to craft our units comes directly from forests within the States. Plus, we proudly pledge just to use recycled and reusable materials to construct our booths. So, you can feel good knowing that by purchasing an office privacy booth your company is doing their part in helping the planet.
Please Feel Free to Contact Us, We'd Love to Hear From You.
Want to bring privacy and productivity back to your workspace? Feel free to reach out to us today. One of our friendly team members here at Zenbooth will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Also, we don't mean to brag, but the quality of our customers is a testament to the top-notch products we provide. We currently supply booths to the likes of Bosch, Gizmodo, Meetup, Crossfit and Samsung We're a trusted company who takes the productivity of your employees just as seriously as you do.
To get in touch with us and learn more about our noise cancelling booths, feel free to use the form on our contact page. You can also call us at 415.323.5358.