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.
Open 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call for a chat on 0116 251 7741.
One of our clients has decided to embrace a new way of working by specifying a Martin high meeting table for use in their meeting space.
The use of the high table has led to a relaxed more welcoming atmosphere in their meeting space. Staff can sit on high stools or simply stand at the table which is at a comfortable working height.
Colleagues are using it for meetings of course, but also informal catch-ups over coffee, team and solo work on laptops, tablets and smartphones and for use at lunch and break times.
The built-in, through-desk power module provides an instant charging facility and quick and easy access to power sockets and usb charging for all devices. You flip the power module over and out of the way when it is not needed.
After the table had been in use for only 3 working days, the client told me that her staff love it. It has proved a magnet for meetings and impromptu get-togethers.
The matt black laminate top and oak legs give the table clean lines and a softer, friendlier, less formal appearance. This offers an opportunity to bring a fresh new feel to the collaborative areas of your workspace.
The matt black laminate top has to be seen, and felt, to be believed. It has a soft touch and anti-fingerprint technology complemented by the oak legs.
By now, hopefully, you may well be considering a Martin high meeting table for your organisation? Well please get in touch to see how we may be of help. Email me direct email@example.com or call for a chat on 0116 251 7741.