More and more of us work in an open office environment, meaning that we pay the price for having some quiet time and privacy becomes harder. There is often nothing more than a computer screen to separate you from other people. So how do you get that quiet time to switch off and recharge for part of the day?
In many companies, it’s not clear if it’s okay to take a break during your working hours. Sometimes it’s the culture, sometimes it’s the rules but in most of the cases, we don’t talk about the topic. Quiet time essentially means blocking out a portion of the day – be it half an hour or two hours – in which employees are encouraged to switch off their emails, phones, and social networks to channel their focus into whatever project requires their undivided attention.
The Quiet Zone in a Co-Working Space
Approximately 60% of co-working spaces in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are typically allocated for solo work – and some even have a dedicated ‘Quiet Zone’. So what’s the bonus? You can choose your seat and perhaps use gym balls for a change of posture, or have the freedom to move around to try different micro spaces within your co-working space. In a traditional office environment, you are confined to space.
A lot of freelancers are even using headphones or earbuds to show you are concentrating and don’t want to be disturbed. There are also some common areas in the rest of the co-working zones to make calls or chat, out of respect for your peers who want ‘quiet time’.
Less Stress & More Productivity – It’s All About Work and Play
In Bangkok, there is a co-working space that helps workers to have a balance between work and play, where pillows can be brought to your working pods. When work gets too much, you can escape through a slide and arrive into a ‘work free’ or quiet zone. There is even a punching bag to relieve stress.
The concept is to boost productivity when you are mentally and physically relaxed. Recent studies from Harvard Business Review are showing that taking time for silence restores the nervous system, helps sustain energy, and conditions our minds to be more adaptive and responsive to the complex environments in which so many of us now live and work.
Co-working spaces are constantly aware of the importance of productivity, making conscious efforts for employees to feel comfortable, healthy, and productive. These active office trends don’t apply to a traditional office culture, while in co-working spaces in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, quite time is implemented. Workers get inspired, and freelancers and entrepreneurs find a perfect atmosphere to thrive on.
The Co-working Space Layout & Design
Analysis firm, Oxford Economics, reached out to 1,200 employees across various industries. It was found that 74% of these employees worked in an open-plan environment, and more than half of these respondents complained about noise levels, whilst the majority named ‘uninterrupted work time’ at the top of their wish lists. In co-working spaces, this atmosphere space layout and design resolves this noise problem found in a traditional office. Every little factor at a well thought through co-working space – from the aesthetics and design to acoustics – has implications for better performance.
A well-designed work environment and a well-curated work experience are part of the reason people who co-work demonstrate higher levels of thriving than their office-based counterparts.
What matters the most for high levels of thriving is that people who co-work has autonomy and can be themselves at work, take time out or ‘quiet time’ whenever it is convenient for them, without being judged. Unless there are quiet spaces available to complement the noisier areas of the office, morale and productivity will suffer as a result.
Entrepreneurs need a positive work environment, stable infrastructure, a friendly support system, and a lot of inspiration.
Make Use of Under Utilized Office Space
In some start up hubs you can see ‘thinking areas’, game areas, even showers and cafes and many other creative areas that allows workers to be inspired. Doors are open to the public 24 hours a day, so there has to be a quiet zone to work from. You can book a co-working space through the fluidmeet platform and find such amenities to suit your needs.
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Article Prepared by fluidmeet Staff Writer
Author: Maha Ahmad (firstname.lastname@example.org)