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.

 

Air3 Rectangular Meeting Pod

It’s easy with Air3

It’s become widely accepted that to have some private meeting room space in open plan and co-working spaces are imperative. These spaces not only get used by team members wishing to have confidential conversations, but also by those who wish to escape the noise that comes with the open plan territory and focus on a mentally straining task.

The easiest, and most affordable way, to get this solution is to opt for a room-in-room system that is demountable and easy to erect.

Depending on the size of your Air3 unit, installation time varies from 2-4 hours, which means that work can carry on in the office, while our team assembles the product, ready for work within hours.

Have a look below at the installation and uses of air3 below:

Air3 25 Square Meeting Pod

Some Alternative Uses For The Office Meeting Pod

We’ve shown you the technical side of the Air 3 – the way the roof cleverly opens up when the built in sensors detect smoke or high temperatures, the way the special glass and paneling absorb sound almost entirely, the way data and power modules are fitted to the meeting pods, etcetera etcetera etcetera…

 

But of course their uses don’t stop at having private conversations or confidential meetings in them… Here are a couple of alternative uses for the Air 3 range:

 

1. Hide from your boss. The Air 3 is customizable with visibility stripes of your choice, and if you intend on hiding, we’d advise getting them as thick as possible!

 

2. Vent. Yeah, that’s right, get it all off your chest…the meeting pods are after all called “Acoustic Meeting Pods”…

 

3. Run laps. The round and lozenge meeting pods are perfect for a spot of secluded exercise – just move the furniture to the middle and you can run to your heart’s content. Who knows, you might be the next Bolt!

 

4. Break records! See how many people you can squeeze into the Mini Pod (Phone Booth) – 25’s the record…

 

5. Team building. See number four.

 

6. Catch up on Game of Thrones. So you’ve added those (un)visibility strips, the booth is pretty much soundproof, it has data modules and a projector and you’re a season behind in G.O.T… Go on, no one will ever know!