Quiet Places to Work
Within the last 20 years, offices have evolved away from private offices to much more open environments. Say what you will about the positive or negative effects of each, but there is one trend that has been increasingly sighted in today’s open offices: The Quiet Place.
Quiet places come in all sorts of forms, but they are becoming increasingly important with employees needing to take a break and quietly collect themselves. They are also being used to nap and regain energy or work without interruptions.
The important thing to note is that these spaces aren’t just useful for introverts, but important for all employees in need of such a space.
In every case, companies have had to look at their space and employees to see what type of quiet space is necessary within the confines of a reasonable budget. Some have opted for small enclosed spaces in the middle of the work area, while others have used furniture to get a similar effect. Some have found technology to enhance these areas, while yet others choose low-tech options.
What might these spaces look like? Let’s take a look at a number of varieties:
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