Sep 21 23

How to improve the work environment with office pods

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In the modern workplace, office pods can play an important role in enhancing your team’s workspace and in turn boosting wellbeing and productivity to help take your business to the next level. However, when looking at things that can improve work performance, it’s easy to overlook the physical environment around us, even though it has such an important role to play.

Here at Lismark we provide a fantastic range of high-quality office pods that can contribute to an improvement in the work environment. These include acoustic seating pods, meeting pods, work pods and booths and private phone booths. Get in touch to discuss your company’s unique needs in more detail. Contact us.

Creating productive workspaces with office pods

Whether it’s for solo work, creative collaboration, hosting clients or making phone calls, a well-designed workspace is a must to ensure a productive working environment. Many modern offices are open plan to cater a more egalitarian and collaborative environment, however this kind of set up can create issues when privacy and peace and quiet is needed.

Also, as your company adapts to growth or a hybrid working pattern, your requirements from your office space evolves too. However, in any room, office pods can be used to provide the ideal solution to your workspace needs.

Bob Meeting Pod

Bob Meeting Pod

Meeting pods for enhanced collaboration

Meeting booths for offices come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and make a great alternative to the traditional meeting room, especially when space is at a premium. Lismark’s wide range of office meeting pods cater comfortably for gatherings of between 2 and 6 people and are all designed with comfort, quality and great design in mind. Our popular Brix-Up Meeting Pod, with its acoustic surround and retro feel provides a the perfect informal meeting space. Alternatively, our Added Privacy Meeting Pods, which includes the stylish Bob Meeting Pod, offer a fully enclosed space and in most cases, a glass door, to ensure total privacy when concentration or confidentiality is required.

Dennis Work Pod

Dennis Work Pod

Improving work performance with solo work pods

When employees are on a deadline or concentrating on a challenging project, a quiet and distraction-free space to get on with the task in hand is a must. Our range of solo work pods such as the stylish Dennis Work Pod can be integrated into any workspace to create an all-important oasis for uninterrupted solo work, thanks to its thick sound-dampening foam designed to reduce ambient noise from the surrounding environment.

The versatile nature and compact size of all our solo work pods also means it’s easy to place them in lesser-used areas such as receptions, breakout zones and even wide corridors. Alternatively the Bee Cluster Pod, provides solo workspaces in configurations for two, three or four team members to work alone whilst in close proximity.

Delia Acoustic Seating Pod

Delia Acoustic Seating Pod

Shhh! Providing quiet spaces with acoustic seating pods

Whether it’s a whisper or a shout, noise from the surrounding office can have a negative impact when trying to read a detailed document or concentrate on an important conversation. When it comes to creating a quiet space in an open plan office, an acoustic pod with noise-reducing qualities is a great choice. Our range of acoustic seating pods offer a great alternative to traditional soft furnishings in the modern office, with their noise-reducing design that’s as attractive as it is effective. Available to accommodate between 1 and 3 staff, the high back and curved lines of the Delia Acoustic Seating Pod adds softness to the office space while providing a subtle but effective divide.

Clara Phone Phone Booth

Clara Phone Phone Booth

Phone calls are another task that often require a quiet space, whether it’s to avoid disturbing those around us, or to concentrate on an important sales call or confidential conversation. Installing a phone booth in your office space is a great way to cater for this in the modern workplace. Our Clara Phone Booth, with its acoustic panels and magnetic door, is a chic addition to any office, and provides a quiet and private space to make calls or join video meetings.

Office pods for a new improved work environment

For more information on how you can best use office pods to transform both the look and the productivity of your workspace, please get in touch with our office furniture experts. You can call us on 0116 251 7741 or fill in our contact form to find out more about our great range of office pods.

FAQs

What colours do your office pods come in?  

All of our stylish office pods come in a wide choice of fantastic fabric colours and textures to suit all tastes and budgets. This includes recycled fabrics made from used plastic bottles, heavy duty spill-proof fabrics, as well as colourful vinyls for use in tougher situations.  

Can I have power sockets inside?  

Power sockets and monitor brackets can be added to the majority of our great range of meeting pods so that you can create an office meeting space set up for the tech you need to run your meetings smoothly. Built-in lighting also comes as standard with many of our enclosed office booths.  

Are acoustic pods soundproof?  

Acoustic seating pods are not designed to be soundproof, however they do possess significant noise-reducing properties. Their high backs and sides combined with their noise-absorbing foam provide a peaceful space to concentrate where people in the surrounding office will not be able to hear what you are saying in the privacy of the pod. 

Can I move my office pod? 

Due to their quality, most of our office pods are sturdy and heavy pieces of furniture that are not designed to be moved. If you have an existing pod that you would like to relocate, please get in touch with us and we can advise on the best course of action. If you anticipate that you may want to move an office pod in the future, why not take a look at our pods with optional castor wheels such as the neat and compact Bob Work Pod? 

 

Jun 27 23

How do acoustic pods absorb sound?

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Lismark’s great range of acoustic pods offer the perfect way to save space, reduce distractions and improve acoustics without giving up the convivial and collaborative atmosphere of the modern open-plan workplace.

Our acoustic booths achieve this by limiting ambient noise which enables team members who need to concentrate on solo tasks or private meetings to get on with the job in hand undisturbed. At the same time, they allow those in the main office to talk and collaborate without fear of interrupting their colleagues who need a quiet place to work. For this reason, acoustic pods are a win-win solution for the flexible modern workplace.

At Lismark, all our acoustic pods are available to seat one, two or three people, offering great options for solo work and team collaboration.

Acoustic Pod

BRIX-UP Meeting Pod

How do acoustic pods work?

Acoustic booths are cleverly designed to absorb noise using materials such as sound-absorbing foam and insulation. By trapping and absorbing sound waves and vibrations in the air, they reduce the impact of surrounding noise. As well as using state-of-the-art sound-absorbing materials, all our acoustic pods are designed with comfort and style in mind, making them a highly attractive as well as incredibly useful addition to any workplace.

 

A two-seater Jensen Shelter

A two-seater Jensen Shelter

Perfect for meetings

As its name suggests, Lismark’s Retreat High Back Sofa uses a high-rise back and side arms to create a private workspace with the reduction of ambient noise. This design is perfect for businesses who want to make good use of the often under-used space at the edges of rooms with a back-to-back configuration of sofas facing each other. Adding a small table in the middle creates the perfect location for informal meetings and impromptu catch-ups.

A one-seat Jensen Shelter

A one-seat Jensen Shelter

A versatile acoustic pod solution

The chic Brix-Up Acoustic Seating Range also makes use of high acoustic surrounds to block unwanted noise and create a private space for solo work or collaboration. With a choice of single seater armchairs and two or three-seater sofas, Brix-Up can be mixed and matched to create the perfect acoustic area for your unique needs. A custom-made upholstered hood is also available for Brix-Up, which can be attached to the seating to provide extra privacy as and when it’s needed. You can also add a linking panel to create an acoustic pod unit with another sofa.

Brix-up high back sofa

A one-seat Jensen Shelter

Enhanced privacy

The stunning Jensen Shelter Acoustic Pod is a comfortable and stylish addition to any office. Featuring high acoustic side screens and an upholstered ceiling, this acoustic booth provides enhanced privacy for meetings, solo work and impromptu catch ups, both visually and acoustically.

Are soundproof acoustic pods available?

No. Acoustic pods are not designed to be fully soundproof. However, on entering any of our acoustic booths you’ll be struck by the marked reduction in general noise you can hear from the surrounding space. Equally importantly, the people around you will not be able to hear what you are saying inside the pod, which is an important factor when confidential conversations need to take place.

If total silence is required in at least one of your office pods, why not take a look at our range of Office Phone Booths, most of which are fully enclosed for private solo work?

What are the other benefits of acoustic pods?

Acoustic pods and booths are not only functional but can also add a serious style statement to any workplace, as well as enhancing employees’ productivity and wellbeing by offering a distraction-free environment.
All Lismark’s acoustic pods are offered in a huge range of fabrics and the choice of one or two-colour upholstery, making it easy to create a bespoke look to reflect your brand’s unique identity with your acoustic booths. Not only that, optional extras include desks, double power sockets and laptop tables.

What’s involved in acoustic booth installation?

Selecting and installing your new acoustic booths couldn’t be easier. Our experts are involved in every part of the process, from advising on the best options and booth placement for your workplace, to installation and even the removal of packaging.

To find out more about Lismark’s great range of acoustic booths, please call us on 0116 251 7741 or fill in our contact form.

Jul 6 21

6 great uses for an acoustic pod

Mark
using an acoustic pod

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.

Acoustic Pod

BRIX-UP Meeting Pod

1. Meeting Visitors in an Acoustic Pod

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.

Acoustic Pod

Zen Meeting Pod

2. One-on-one meetings

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.

Acoustic Pod

Magna Meeting Pod

3. Video meetings

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.

Harbour meeting booth

4. When all the meeting rooms are full

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!

Aura meeting pod

5. Private working away from the office

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.

6. A flexible working spot

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.

Cavern 4-seater meeting pod

Cavern 4-seater meeting pod, beech exterior, blue interior & white table

Easy ways to buy acoustic pods

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.

Ready to add acoustic pods to your office? Browse our full range of acoustic pods or give us a call on 0116 251 7741 to find out how our furniture specialists can help.

Acoustic Pod

Jensen-Up Meeting Pod

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 Leicester based office furniture supplier.

Feb 18 20

How to design a workplace for millennials

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a workplace suitable for millenials

a workplace suitable for millenialsOpen spaces, flexible working and breakout zones are gradually becoming the norm in offices across the country and this is no surprise given how much of the workforce is now comprised of millennials.

This new wave of personnel is becoming bored with generic working environments and place greater importance on the culture and atmosphere than ever before on where they choose to work. I fact, a recent study found that over a fifth of millennials declined a job offer simply because the business had a poor workplace design and atmosphere.

Business must move with the times to provide an appealing place to work for millennials. Not only so that they don’t decline your job offer, but so that space can be used to its full potential. What puts most off change is the fact that they must invest time and money into such projects, but that doesn’t have to be the case. There are some quick wins for attracting millennials to your workplace:

Breakout zones

Conference rooms with long tables and dozens of chairs still have their place but aren’t ideal for millennials who want frequent team gatherings in a more relaxed setting. Not only are breakout zones ideal for holding meetings, but they can also provide a place for taking breaks and making phone calls – making the best possible use of your office space.

Unconventional design elements

Alternative colour schemes and unconventional soft furnishings will make your office space stand out and present the company as creative. Think indoor trees, mind maps, bean bags, artwork, chalkboards, board games; the options are limitless and much of it will depend on your company’s ethos.

Open but personal

Cubicles should now be a thing of the past. Communal spaces which support communication and don’t restrict workers to a desk are preferred by millennials. However, it’s important to offer areas where employees can focus and enjoy some peace amongst the noise of the office. When concentration is needed and deadlines must be met, a quiet area or privacy pod is the ideal retreat.

Flexible work-life balance

The line between millennials’ work and home life is far more blurred than for generations before. Many out-of-office friendships are formed at work and an office that fosters an environment to encourage this is great for improving company culture. Facilities or activities that can be easily incorporated into the office such as pool tables, games machines and social zones for breaks are all appreciated by millennials. A greater work from home and flexible working culture also means that only providing static desks with desktop computers may no longer be the best solution. We recommend implementing work booths, larger communal desks or sit-stand desks which are perfect for working at with a laptop.

Apr 10 18

Case study – Antique Table v. Martin Table

Mark
Verco Martin table

Antique Table versus Modern Martin Table

We recently had an enquiry from a lady who had the “interesting task” (her words) of sourcing a boardroom table and chairs that were going to work in a historical Solicitors building that dated back to 1732. She had in mind a 3 metre long antique boardroom table but the tables she had found online cost over £4000.

Personal touch

The lady said that she could send me photographs of the room and the space available. However, I would rather go and meet a potential client to get to know them, discuss ideas they have and what they would like to achieve.  I like to see the room in person so that I can get a feel for the room, measure up, check the access and the stairways if applicable.

The room…

The room was a good size, rectangular, with a lot of the original features and a large window at one end, so quite a pleasant space. The meeting room was in a ground floor location so my fitters would be happy. There were some fitted bookcases at one side and a cupboard at the end so I took them into account along with the position of the doorway.

Table selection

Although the client first thought of an antique table, I felt that our latest, modern table would look and fit great. The Martin table made by Verco has only been out for one year. It has a black matt laminate top with a soft touch and feel. It features a nanotechnology finish which makes it anti-fingerprint and small scratches can be ‘healed’ by rubbing with a dry sponge. Once the client felt a small sample of the matt black top she was hooked!

Table size

Although there a wide selection of standard sizes, the client required a 3 metre x 1.2 metre Martin table which we were able to get made for them.

Verco Martin table

Cable access

The Martin table comes as standard with a series of cable access panels running down the centre of the table which may be specified in black or white Perspex, fabric or veneer. These can simply be lifted and cable dropped straight through the table top to the floor below. This meant that the projector could be sited on the table top and the cables placed neatly beneath.

Martin table cable access panels

Delivery and installtion

As the table was a special size, delivery lead time was 6 weeks. We deliver and install all of our furniture so we arranged a convenient date that suited the client and her schedule. Installation of the table along with 10 leather chairs from Dynamic Office Seating took only one hour.

Happy!

The Martin table looked fantastic and the client was very happy. We saved her a lot of money over the original idea of an antique table and were able to supply a table to her exact requirements. Our personal service was appreciated to make sure the end result was perfect.

What about you?

By now, hopefully, you may well be considering a new meeting table for your organisation? Our personal service may also be of interest to you? Well please get in touch and I will come out to have a chat and see how we may be of help. Email me direct mark@lismark.co.uk or call for a chat on 0116 251 7741.

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South Wigston, Leicestershire, LE18 4ZH

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