In the past few years, the trend of companies opening up modern offices has become really popular. Enterprises and companies, whether large or small are preferring an open layout office for their teams that would promote creativity and collaboration, and ultimately unmatched productivity – all this while keeping the commercial property costs in check.
While modern, pop-up offices may be the “thing” of today, enterprises and companies don’t realize that while they look and feel good, everyone needs a private working space to be more productive at work. This is also crucial in being happy and motivated, and when people work in open environments they get the space to think and unclog their minds. So, whether you want to take a personal phone call or have a confidential talk with your team member, the need for a private workspace becomes more important than ever.
According to a survey on office space design and productivity of employees, about 83% of respondents were in support of a flexible working space that helps them maximize their productivity.
In the next decade, the realization of having private spaces and within an open work environment will become a priority of sorts for most of the organizations. Even startups coming up in 2019 and 2020 have already begun to map out the areas in their layout. And, because of that, the need for having a more functional and accessible private area is becoming more important than ever.
Adding to that, more companies would want to have a structured office layout that will negatively affect their real estate costs. Private work areas like phone booths, pods, huddle rooms, etc. have already come into existence and will be a major design change that will affect the office design altogether.
If you’re too looking to experiment with the concept of private workspaces, here are some of the simple steps that you need to take care of –
Utilizing your open office environment to create a perfect private space –Well, to be able to do it, you need to first identify the type of private space that would fit into your design. There are generally three types of private work areas in offices these days: the one-person, the one or two person space, and a team circle space.
The type one, i.e. the one-person private space mostly consists of a phone booth or a work pod, as there rarely a place for another person to comfortably fit in. This serves as a perfect place to make important business / personal calls. But, due to its small area, a person is not supposed to utilize for a long time. However, if you’re doing a creative project that needs long hours of work, this might be the space you might want.
The second type provides a private work area for one and more persons for a focused based task. If you have a TAT in hand then it gets tough to work in an open office space environment. Another great use of such small areas is to conduct interviews or effectively manage A/V conference calls.
Generally, these small spaces are rigged with all the acoustics of a workstation like dedicated internet lines, large screens for easy working, and other amenities. No wonder, this is fast picking up in co-working spaces in India and all around the globe.
Today you can even found hybrid workspaces that can install for a smaller duration within the office layout. This method is mostly utilized by media companies and startups, airing a crucial program or finishing a deadline. The costs of installing and operating are marginally lower than renting a separate work area altogether.
The third and final type is the team-huddle room. Space for small teams to gather and focus on a specific task is something every company would want. Frankly, conference rooms and meeting areas are not equipped to be a workplace for a long haul and as a result, the need for a small workplace, where small teams can focus becomes important.
Several startups and coworking spaces prefer having a bunch of such private workspaces within their office plan. Depending on the nature of your work and budget, a huddle room can be used to comfortably accommodate up to 4-6 people, with secondary options for stand-up desks and sit-down table workstations. The best part about having these huddle rooms is that they create an area of deep focus and collaboration, thus not limiting the creativity and ultimately, the productivity of the team.
With these private workspaces implemented in your office area, you can easily see more happy faces around. By building better relationships and creating more room for innovation, yet still maintaining the integrity and confidentiality of a workplace. The most important aspect before having one of these created in your workplace is to keep a balance between shared office space and a private workspace. Creating private spaces in an open environment is the new hip and happy trend in office design, and it will continue to sprout out in the rest of 2019. Watch out for our blog for more tips and tricks on creating the office space!