It doesn’t come as a surprise that it is easier to focus on tasks in a quiet room, rather than in a loud one. Quite simply if you’re getting distracted at work through noise and interruptions, productivity is going to drop. This is one of the main reasons why open space offices, whilst popular, are getting replaced with flexible office arrangements that allow individuals to choose how they like to work. Open plan office spaces are great for collaboration and are certainly the choice of the more extroverted amongst us, but they can reduce productivity in the long term.
A good solution in today’s modern office environment is to have designated quiet spaces. The reasons for having quieter areas to work in have been well-documented.
Today’s flexible workspaces need quiet areas; creativity requires concentration and it's not just for the introverts amongst us.
- Being quiet promotes staying calm and composed. These, in turn, should result with faster work, higher work quality and far less stress, which has a productive value of its own.
- Quiet spaces give you time to reflect and analyse situations. A benefit of working in peace and quiet is having the headspace to think through implications
and possible consequences of an action and the best way to proceed. This type of mindfulness at work is key to maintaining good relationships,
reducing overwhelm and ultimately staying healthy.
- Quiet zones, which most of the time happen to be separate zones help to reduce the spread of illness which at this time of our lives and the world,
is of particular importance.
- Getting away from the traditional boardroom is a growing trend as boardrooms can be seen as intimidating and stuffy. Plus, they may not get used all the time with staff choosing more informal spaces to meet, including offsite venues or breakout spaces. Offices short on space will benefit from using furniture like hanging acoustic walls to create custom working and meeting areas which offer a more laid-back approach to collaboration.
- Open spaces are a great way to improve collaboration in the office—but privacy is important to help teams have honest and in-depth discussions with minimal distractions. Privacy or silence pods create small meeting areas that can be spread intelligently throughout a space and allow staff to have a comfortable place to discuss personal issues.
So what does the modern workspace that includes quiet spaces look like? These can include mindfulness zones, nooks or silence booths that let employees get some privacy for themselves or their work or just some time out to be away from others and focus on a task requiring concentration.If you’re wondering what the best way to configure your office to include some quiet zones is, this will depend on the type of work you do, the space that’s available and the personalities of your team-members. Contact us for a discussion on Soundbox booths or other ways in which we can create peaceful, workable and productive areas for your team.