Modern Office Environment Tips

Modern Office Environment Tips

As agile working is (maybe not so) slowly taking over the modern office environment, all the furniture heavyweights are chipping in to give their take on what an agile working environment is and what it needs.

While we broke up the office space into three areas (At Home In The Office, The Human Factor and Quiet Time), each meeting specific needs of the modern agile office, Knoll figures that there are four cornerstones to the agile approach:

Flexibility

This is a key factor in agile working and while different planning approaches suit different organisations, one universal need is flexibility. A variety of nimble settings and adaptable pieces support the different ways people work and move. This means that breakout areas, for instance, become much more than a place where employees go to eat – instead, they can also be used for informal meetings, brainstorming sessions or team-building exercises.

Individuals and Teams

Tying in nicely with Flexibility is the fact that the best planning optimises for the needs of individuals and teams alike. In a modern office environment and open plan offices, there is often a need for groups and individuals to occupy a space simultaneously. Creating discrete segregations, or employing acoustic pods and furniture for focused work intermixed with areas that facilitate conversation, collaboration, and social activity is imperative.

Air3 Half Quare Pod

Hospitality

People are the most important asset any business has and their needs should be at the centre of the company’s life-work design. Welcoming spaces, like a good restaurant or pub, hinge on ambience and social experience — both important components of work. With the right furniture, you can set the desired tone for your workplace which makes people feel welcome and more productive at work.

Well-being

With the attention shifting to workplace wellbeing, companies cannot afford not to invest in their workforce’s health. People want to be in places that make them feel good: near natural light, with access to fresh air, and surrounded by products with adaptable ergonomic support. A happy workforce is, after all, a productive workforce.

 

Why your office needs an Air3 Meeting Pod

Why your office needs an Air3 Meeting Pod

Agile working is a tricky term to describe and it’s even trickier to get the setup of an agile working environment right…

It’s less about the place or even the time of working, and more about how the work is done in order to get the best results possible.  With this in mind, manufacturers and designers put their heads together to come up with office solutions that will help individuals perform better whether they need to stand, sit, perch or constantly move around while working.

One certainty, however, is that you would need a spot where your employees could escape the hustle and bustle and sit in quiet if they need to or where they can have private meetings.

And that’s where the Air3 comes in.  The system is customisable, demountable, can easily be reconfigured and, unlike partitioning, there are no dilapidation costs to consider.

This means that Air3 Pods follow the agile working philosophy and are the perfect tool to help you increase the office productivity. Being a non-fixed feature, these pods can be moved or taken with you when moving offices and can be fully customised to fit in with your corporate colours and look.

Its speech privacy credentials are second to none and will make sure that employees who need some quiet to work in can do so without being disturbed by other workers. The acoustic qualities, however, work both ways, which means that confidential meetings can be held in Air3 meeting pods without the fear of being overheard or of disturbing workers on the outside.

Here are five reasons why you should buy an Air3 Meeting Pod:

1. Silence is golden, and the designers of the Air3 understand that. That’s why the Meeting Pods offer workers the closest thing to…silence… All of the meeting pods are fine-tuned to human speech and actually filter out 95% of outside noise through the clever use of soft panelling and insulation.

2. We live in an ever-changing world where flexibility is key. That’s why all the Air3 models are completely flexible and unfixed. Moving office? No worries! Just pack up your meeting pod and cart it with you!

3. Variety is (apparently) the spice of life, and for that reason, Air3 Pods come as standard with interchangeable panels. Colour-code your pod to match up with your current office interiors or design your own personalised visibility strips (no one likes walking into a meeting with a bloody nose…) that echo your brand personality.

4. Air3 Pods are available with power and data modules. Oh, and don’t let anyone fool you: size matters. The Air3 Meeting Pod range comes in sizes ranging from one person units to boardroom sized units, meaning there’s an option that will meet your office’s needs!

5. Air3 Meeting pods have a totally unique opening and closing roof system to satisfy the most stringent of Global Building Regulations and Standards in the UK / EU, US and the Asia Pacific regions. The Air3’s patented roof allows users to control airflow at the flick of a switch, with the roof opening and closing as desired, releasing heat build-up and creating a more comfortable environment inside the pod.

Air3 Meeting Pod

Air3 25 Square Meeting Pod

Air3: Make the meeting in a pod

Air3: Make the meeting in a pod

The corporate world loves a good old meeting. So much so in fact, that Londoners only just missed out on a podium-spot in the world-rankings of most-meetings-held-in-one-year – just behind the likes of Silicon Valley, LA and New York (we can remedy this by scheduling meetings about having more meetings…).

An American company, Blue Jeans Network, made a study about the state of the modern day office meeting and the picture it painted was quite an interesting one.

We’re having more meetings than ever. And with each meeting lasting an average of 36 minutes, having the perfect meeting place is paramount. The problem, however, comes with the rising trend of co-working environments and hot-desking offices. Finding a suitable meeting place is becoming increasingly difficult, especially when the meeting requires a video call and a quiet environment.

Enter then Air3 Meeting Pods. Fully demountable and easy to set-up, Air3 Pods can be erected anywhere in an open plan office to create a quiet meeting space. So quiet in fact, that it comes standard with a sound absorption level that is fine-tuned to human speech – 100hz to 5000hz. Through optimised insulation levels and innovative soft panelling inside and out, this is the ultimate acoustic office pod.

According to Blue Jeans Network’s study, video conferencing (at least 25% of all meetings have one or more video-participants) is on the up. Luckily Spacio Bricks allow for data and network support, which means that AV units can easily be installed to meet the needs of video conferences.

With a totally fresh aesthetic, the unique look of Air3 is seamless beauty; with high-quality glass screens and technically advanced soft panelling, this is a solid architecture that is also soft to the touch. With fully interchangeable panels you’re in control of how your Air3 looks.

These are just some of the features our Air3 pods come with as standard:

Airflow: Patented roof allows users to control airflow at the flick of a switch, with the roof opening and closing as desired, releasing heat build-up and creating a more comfortable environment inside the pod.

Straight doors: The door can open from Right to Left or Left to Right (the latter option can be specified at point of order, with a manufacturing upcharge).

Safety first: The unique roof system satisfies the most stringent Global Building Regulations and Standards, not just in the UK and EU, but in the US and Asia Pacific regions too. No need for expensive impractical misting systems or fire extinguishers in this pod! There is a six-step fail-safe system allowing the roof to open automatically via actuators, should there be a power or detector failure.

Versatile – Interchangeable panels; change the colours or fabrics of the pod whenever you like, or to integrate with the rest of the office after a redesign.

Visibility Strips: To conform to BS 8300 and Approval Document M for DDA/Health and Safety Requirements we recommend adding visibility strips for sliding doors. You can apply your own design if you prefer.