Noise disruptions, lack of privacy and low productivity are problems encountered in many workplaces. The acoustic pod, otherwise known as the privacy pod or meeting pod, is becoming more common in the office to rectify problems like this.
Acoustic pods give employees the opportunity to meet and work in a comfortable area without distractions. We’ve rounded up a few scenarios when having an acoustic pod in the office is the perfect solution.
A meeting pod is ideal for getting together with visitors. This kind of pod can be placed anywhere that you have the space available including reception areas, breakout spaces, and even corridors if they are wide enough. Not only does this mean that guests don’t need to walk through your offices to get to meeting rooms, it also provides a more informal setting.
A meeting pod with high acoustic sides and back panels can block out noise from the surroundings as well as keeping your conversations private. Whilst they won’t eliminate sound completely (so should not be used for confidential meetings) pods certainly provide more privacy than the open office. Fitted with a table, they are ideal for an informal, relaxed one-to-one catch up.
With video meetings becoming the new normal, having a quiet and professional-looking space to conduct them is a must. Fitted with a wall-mounted monitor and a webcam, a meeting pod is ideal for video meetings. Not only does a pod provide privacy, but it also means your meeting will be less disruptive to those working around you.
It’s frustrating, when you want to have an impromptu get-together with colleagues or visitors but all the meeting rooms are occupied. If you have a meeting pod available you can just pop in there and fire away. Some of our meeting pods can take up to six people, making them perfect for that spontaneous team brainstorming session!
Need to get away from the buzz of the office to concentrate on a special project? Take your laptop, mobile or tablet and get yourself to a meeting pod. The acoustic sides cut through the noise and allow you to concentrate on the task in hand. You can also pair many acoustic pods with either a desk or a standalone laptop table, so working is comfortable and ergonomic.
With many companies choosing to be more flexible regarding when employees are needed in the office, we may be entering a time when having a fixed desk for every team member is not necessary. Acoustic pods work well as a desk option for staff who may just be dropping by the office to work for a short period. They can also work well as a meeting spot for teams who may no longer be sitting together on a regular basis.
Whether you require an acoustic pod for meetings or as a quiet workspace for your employees, Lismark has a range of acoustic pods to help. We can also spread the cost over 3 years to make your purchase easier.
Mark Brown is an expert in office furniture and design and has spent over a decade offering organisations advice on setting up office spaces to enhance productivity. Mark is the owner of Lismark Office Products, a high-quality Leicester based office furniture supplier.
During these strange times, a lot of us have had to get used to the challenge of working from home for the first time. Being able to comfortably work from home has never been so important. Whether as a temporary measure during these times or as a new way forward to a better work/life balance. Here are a few tips that I hope you will find helpful to make you more comfortable.
Although the longest journey you are currently making may be upstairs, downstairs, to the bottom of your garden or wherever your workspace is located, it is important to replicate the physical separation between your work and home by having a designated workspace in your house. It would also be ideal if you could close the door at the end of the working day so you are not tempted to nip back in just to check your emails.
Find a comfortable chair, that you are happy to sit on for up to 8 hours a day, preferably the office ‘swivel’ type with plenty of adjustment including if possible:
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Try to get a designated desk which will make the transition from home to work much easier and will ensure that you are working at the correct height and position, making you feel more professional and in control. It will also mean that you won’t have to pack up every night as your ‘desk’ is going to be used as a dining table. You can simply shut your home office door and walk away until you start work the next morning.
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You may need extra power sockets as you will have a pc, printer, phone chargers, fans, coffee machine etc. Consider a desk mounted power module with a least 2 power sockets for quick and easy access without having to dive beneath your desk and banging your head!
Just because you are away from the office, please don’t forget to back up your data.
Good lighting is important to avoid eye strain. Consider adding a desk lamp to any existing lighting you have in your home office. Place your monitor or laptop so that there is no glare on the screen from any windows. Most importantly, make sure the lighting is very flattering when you take part in all of the Zoom meetings we are getting used to!
Get those windows open!
Make sure you stick to a work day routine as you would if you were going to the office. Take regular breaks, keep hydrated and avoid snacking. Walk to another area of the home or garden or even go out for a walk in your lunch break. Interact with other family members and friends (subject to social distancing of course).
I hope I have helped in a small way in what are difficult times for us all. Let’s get through the other side with a positive frame of mind and ready to take on the world!
About the author
Mark Brown is an expert in office furniture and design and has spent over a decade offering organisations advice on setting up office spaces to enhance productivity. Mark is the owner of Lismark Office Products, a high-quality office furniture supplier, based in Leicester.
These aren’t words I often say together. The Cup chair from Verco is both stylish and available at a great price.
Ideal for meeting rooms, conference spaces, collaboration zones and breakout areas. Use it wherever people meet and get together to brighten your work space.
Verco office chairs are known for their combination of style, quality and customisation and the Cup chair is no exception. The plastic shell is available in 6 cool colours:
These colours are complemented by a wooden leg frame, which softens the look of the chair or a contemporary creamy white solid wire sled frame.
The Cup chair brings the welcoming look of a home chair to the workplace with its soft curves and funky colours. It brings to mind designer chairs that cost considerably more. It’s amazing to see such a good-looking, British made chair at such a low price.
For those longer meetings, add a seat pad upholstered in grey-beige fabric for extra long-term comfort. Verco considers the environmental impact of their products and, if ever needed, this fabric seat pad can be replaced without the need to replace the entire chair.
The Verco Cup chair is manufactured in the UK and available on a 3 to 4-week lead time.
Sure take a look at our Office Chairs here.
As experts in office furniture and design, Lismark appreciates that there are many different options for your meeting space and breakout seating. Please give us a call on 01162 51 7741 to discuss your requirements.
Last week I was asked to quote for a 2-seater Jig High Settee to be used in a school common room. The client asked if it was hard wearing as it would have lots of teenagers jumping on and off it. As the Jig High Settee has a solid oak frame and a 5-year structural warranty I confirmed that I would thoroughly recommend it.
In order for me to price it up I had to recommend a fabric that would be suitable for use in such a challenging environment. The fabric had to be:
I am sure we have all seen and felt the old, traditional vinyl. A slippery, shiny, plain surface usually in a shade of brown or black, with the uncanny ability to stick to any uncovered flesh that comes into contact with it. Well, the new Manila vinyl comes in a palette of 18 shades which range from delicate, light tones up to bright, vibrant colours. They all feature a textured design that mimics the look of a woven fabric, along with a subtle grain that adds interest and relief which helps to break up the colour.
The good news is that Manila is a mid-price range fabric so it will not break the bank no matter which piece of office or breakout furniture it is specified on. And, as it is hard-wearing, stain repellent and cleanable your office furniture will look better, for longer.
As specialists in office furniture and design, Lismark appreciates that there are many different options for your office furniture. Please give us a call on 01162 51 7741 or contact us here to discuss your furniture requirements.
Are you considering mixing up things a little in your meeting space by adding High Meeting Tables? High Meeting Tables, at a height of 1050mm, enable your team to work and collaborate in a different way, lending your workplace a forward-thinking, more welcoming feel.
So, if you are considering adding High Meeting Tables to your office, which should you be looking at? Here are five modern tables to consider:
Our Relic High Table provides the most options for the ultimate design personalisation:
The Relic high office table’s size ranges from a neat 1800mm long to seat six people up to a whopping 4200mm that is capable of seating 16 people. Plus, the table leg frames are set inwards, allowing for additional seating to be propped on the ends!
The original and still one of the best! Martin was the first High Meeting Table range that we sold and has gone from strength to strength ever since!
The Martin High Meeting Table stands out due to the expert craftsmanship of its oak or walnut timber frame with chamfered edges and the amazing matt laminate top. The top features the latest in Nano-technology to produce a super high quality, super-matt laminate surface, with anti-fingerprint technology and an anti-bacterial sealed ultra-hard surface in a white or black matte laminate which is very tactile and easy to clean.
The Martin range features rectangular high tables from 1600mm up to 4400mm wide along with a 1200mm diameter circular table and a 800mm or 1000mm square table. Power sockets and cable management can be added and complementary upholstered high stools with oak or walnut leg frames are also available to match the table.
The Campus High Table is the lowest priced high office table from our range. The table’s size range from a 1600mm wide table to seat four people through to a 4400mm table to seat 12 people. All tables are 1050mm high.
Tops are available in 10 mfc finishes, 3 laminates and 4 veneer finishes. Leg frames are in silver, black or white with power sockets available as an optional extra.
Our Box-It High Tables have a block-like, clean looking, panel profile that comes in 10 mfc finishes along with the option of a bright white laminate finish. For this meeting table, there are just three lengths available: 1600mm, 1800mm and 2000mm.
The Jig Social range is a stylish addition to our high meeting table line up. The Jig Social High meeting Table range features a wooden leg frame finish in natural or black oak alongside a choice of 23 coloured laminates, seven rustic effect finishes, six Fenix and six Forbo finishes.
Sizes range from a six-seater at 1800mm long up to a 16-seater at 4200mm long. Power sockets may be added to charge devices whilst working.
As experts in office furniture design and supply, Lismark appreciates that there are many different requirements for office tables. To browse our full collection of office tables including high meeting tables, conference tables, meeting tables and coffee tables, click here.
Alternatively, give us a call on 0116 251 7741 to advice on your furniture options.