When it comes to finding the best coworking space, chances are you’re simply not looking for a space to work but also a space that provides privacy.
Often, shared office spaces are a bit distracting which can hamper productivity and worsen your employee experience. In the US alone, over 70% of workspaces are currently have an open space design. The idea behind the open design was to encourage more collaboration by improving transparency but in reality, it has the opposite effect.
In the dearth of privacy, employees tend to avoid interaction with each other, spend more time working from home or off-site locations, and lock themselves off with headphones to appear less approachable.
Reworking an entire site just to improve employee satisfaction can be expensive, and it takes time to plan and execute. Moving back to traditional cubicles, which have long been considered too static and inflexible to adapt to changing business needs, isn’t an appealing option either. This is why, agile coworking spaces need to think out of the box and get in the box. We are talking about bringing back the old classic: Phone Booth. And the first image that pops up in the mind is the red London phone booth.
However, unlike the actual phone booth, these compact space with its four-walled-glass panel, makes for a perfect one-on-one meeting room for a confidential web call, as a normal conference room that can hold four people and above is a waste of space for just one person. The modern-day phone booth is a sleek, reimagined version that fits comfortably within modern workspace design, adding a much-needed element of flexibility.
Many enterprises look for an agile coworking space that caters to their brand guidelines and reflects their brand ethos and a phone booth is a good example to showcase to them. Phone booths can act as a miniature conference room and even a social room for a short break.
A recent article on BBC has shown that teams across all industries who use phone booth-like structures have a greater sense of control over their work environment. A phone booth acts as a private space too which thereby increases employee socialisation as they get a space to themselves when needed, putting an end to wearing a headphone to avoid conversations with coworkers.
A coworking space is not just renting an office space. Businesses are shifting to flexible workspace and furniture as a service makes or breaks a deal. Phone booths as a workspace can be cost-effective, easy to assemble and almost visible in many coworking spaces across the world.
In today’s talent-driven market, being empowered to make decisions about how and when we work is more valued than ever. Plus, the Millennial workforce is dynamic, accustomed to change, and prefers when a workspace can keep pace with a fast-paced market.
Modern enterprises must seek to make their employees more empowered and engaged, along with delivering some sense of privacy that will encourage staff productivity.