Find peace and quiet at work – yes, it exists

December 23, 2016 Sanjana Saluja

As floorplans open up, easy access to quiet spaces has become a novelty. While your office soundscape may usually be tame, the day you desperately need just one square foot of silence is when it sounds most like a crowded street corner. Office Renew explores how companies can reconfigure their workplace to make room for a space that’s free of prying eyes and ears.

It’s not that you don’t care about your colleague’s weekend plans, the fifth birthday this week or that phone ringing off the hook. But at the wrong time—worse, the same time—it can be too much to meditate away.

So you escape from the chatter and seek refuge—but where? Conference rooms are free, but you’re one and they seat eight. The stairwell, bathroom or parking lot welcomes you as a last resort.

This hunt for privacy is unproductive. It exacerbates stress and wastes time. Yet every employee needs privacy. If not in their immediate space, then at least easy access to find it.

A well-designed office lets you easily segue from collaboration to solitude—without being forced down a deserted hallway to find it. Find out how here.

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