If you’re of a certain age, you might remember actual full-size phone booths: they had a pay phone inside and you could step in and close a folding glass door behind you for privacy (and Superman supposedly got changed in them, but we’re not sure how a glass booth offered any concealment).
In the age of the mobile phone, the phone booth has gone the way of the dodo … sort of. The trend towards open office plans has brought with it a new need for privacy, and that’s what cell pods are for.
An open floor plan is great for promoting collaboration and teamwork, and not so great when privacy is called for. Cell pods answer that need by providing private workspaces within an open plan.
If you’re still thinking “phone booth,” you’re not wrong: some cell pods are simple glass enclosures designed for one person to make calls or just work in quiet seclusion. But that’s only the beginning of the options.
Cell pods can also be sized for groups ranging from two employees to ten or more (the “cell” in the name refers to a group of employees, not the phone booth function). Typically, they’re rectangular or square units with walls of glass and/or acoustical panels, an acoustical ceiling and built-in lighting and ventilation. There are hexagonal and even circular units as well, and if you want one wall to be a whiteboard or to hold a large monitor, it can be done.
In many cases, cell pods can even be reconfigured to different sizes, shapes or options as your needs change. They’re an affordable, flexible and often necessary addition to any open office plan.
Want to know more about cell pods for your office? Contact Douron.