Flexible Workspaces in the Modern Office - Plug n Play IRL
Updated: Dec 1, 2022
Office work used to only be done one way. You would sit at a desk all morning, then try not to fall asleep in the afternoon meeting. However, from continent-crossing video chats to team meetings in the park, modern workplaces are using flexible workspaces and practices to lower costs but raise creativity, production, and morale in the workforce.
Employees are now able to choose which working style does the business for them, and product manufacturers are creating simple but ingenious collections of modular, flexible furniture to suit any style and type of workspace including:
The most traditional type of workspace for the most traditional worker. Someone who likes privacy and doesn’t like change. They want their own desk and they want it to stay in the same place. They don’t want to be disturbed by noisy neighbors and they welcome moveable partition walls like Interstuhl’s HUB screen, to protect their serenity.
These are spaces for workers who are easily bored, who don’t like to be tied down to one desk or one area. They’ll flit between hot desks, sit in cafés, email from break-out space, or even take residence in reception. They’ll work anywhere that’s quiet, comfortable, and with a good wi-fi connection. Interstuhl’s HUB collection serves this flexible workforce with comfortable, acoustic seating and furniture, suitable for any location. And if all other areas are taken, they can always head to one of HUB’s specialist acoustic work pods.
Small meeting spaces
The bigger a meeting the more formal it feels, and employees often feel under duress to make an impact. Whereas smaller, more often and more informal meetings such as catch-ups, daily briefings, or 1-2-1s are quicker, more welcoming and there’s less pressure to contribute. Regularly finding meeting rooms for informal catch-ups, however, can pose too much hassle, while commandeering canteen space or pushing a few chairs together in reception can be too loud or too public. But by simply clipping and unclipping them around the HUB sofas and armchairs, Interstuhl’s HUB curved screens give any open space a little more privacy.
Small collaborative team spaces
It might be difficult or inconvenient for teams of nearby deskmates to work on tasks. When addressing issues with distracting computer screens, both focused engagement and intelligent input suffer. The HUB collection includes numerous informal gathering zones that may be placed across the office or moved into team spaces. A gathering of HUB couches, armchairs, and nesting tables makes a wonderful area for a collaborative tea break, although whiteboard screens or media boards and impromptu presentations can also occur.