Open plan offices are great. Just not for doing any actual work! I love the interaction with colleagues, but when you need to really knuckle down and be productive, I need less distractions.
I saw this really cool design by Steelcase of their new Brody designed productivity pod. The theory is that workers need complete concentration to reach a state of peak productivity called “Flow”. A 45min window to achieve your best results.
I love this concept as it really fits into the way I like to work. I like to focus for bursts of productivity, then get up and move to a different location, usually a standing desk or sideboard to reenergise.
Here’s opening the Facilities Manager at Cisco sees this and buys a load for my office.