As we head into Q4 of 2023, a “post-pandemic” era, a hybrid work environment has become the norm. Furniture and technology are more intertwined than ever before and a blend of products is required to make hybrid work. Workplace products that support virtual and in-person collaboration, as well as autonomous activities such as private, echo-free acoustic pods from companies like Framery and JDD that address the need for on-demand privacy, enabling people to seamlessly connect, regardless of physical location.
The great thing about these privacy booths is the range and variety available. For example, did you know that over 80% of office meetings host an average of 4 people? Not a problem when our huddle pods accommodate 4 – 6 people. Right now, our Sandyford showroom showcases three different privacy booths, a single phonebooth for individual use, a focused pod, also for single use but featuring a desk and task chair for lengthy meetings and the Maggie Q, 4-person privacy booth by Framery.
We have been working with our clients to implement acoustic pods that are “connected” to our Flowscape based occupancy scheduling system, so that they can be easily bookable by employees in advance of arriving at the office. Framery pods offers excellent air quality thanks to the air circulation system that is certified to be well within the limits of M1 emission classification. With adjustable seating in smaller pods and enough room to house your own choice of furniture in the larger pods, they are the ultimate room within a room.
What is the difference between a Pod and a Booth?
In short, an acoustic pod is a room within a room where someone can go for privacy or “do not disturb” time, while modular phone booths provide a quiet space for telephone and video calls.
Both typically come with sound absorbency, ventilation, a motion sensor to activate the lighting, air con and a range of furniture features that can tailored to your specific requirements.
Acoustics in the office
Aside from the practical nature of meeting booths and acoustic pods for privacy and video conferencing, there is also a very compelling health and safety aspect to their inclusion in the workplace.
Author And TedTalk Alumni Julian Treasure clearly identifies that sound can impact us in 4 key ways – Physiologically, Psychologically, Cognitively and Behaviourally. So why are we telling you this?
Sound disruptions and distractions have an immediate impact on our ability to function from head to toe and in some environments, we have the means to eliminate the noise, in others we have adapted, not necessarily successfully or maybe it is more honest to state we have learned to put up with it?
Let’s focus on the continuum of sound disruption heard in open plan spaces – the vibrancy of your staff, the silent whirring of air-conditioning and the endless activity of a busy printer and all that is before we make the coffee, answer the phone and partake in the normal day to day activities and chatter of the workplace.
For many years we have been installing furniture that is designed to improve the acoustic rating of a workspace such as the extensive Snowsound range by Caimi and using wonderful products such as acoustic room dividers and wall hangings from companies like Friends of Wilson and Abstracta.
Acoustic solutions can be wall-mounted, ceiling hung, or mobile, depending on the structure of a space. What is of critical importance is their effectiveness, but they tend to be very aesthetically pleasing and come in a range of finishes to complement the décor of any space. Abstracta, in particular, create truly innovative furniture products with integrated acoustic characteristics including modular sofas and planters. Such products with an acoustic performance can help improve productivity and efficiency in meeting spaces, ensuring privacy and clear communication when it is most needed.
If you want to learn more about the options available to you from our range of meeting booths, acoustic pods and phone booths, our expert interiors team would be delighted to speak to you. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.