Do you currently work in an open office layout, and struggle to find a quiet space? You’re not alone. A recent CNBC article says that 58 percent of high performing employees feel that they need quiet spaces in their open office layouts. Quiet rooms are easy to incorporate and will help to fulfill the needs of employees to meditate or read. Here are some of the ways you can incorporate quiet rooms into your workplace.
The layout and furniture you include in your room are important. All furniture should be able to be removed when not in use. Try to avoid using fluorescent lighting and promote warmth with lamps. The room should feel open and uncluttered. While in the room, employees should not have discussions louder than a whisper. It should not be used to do work, but as a place to unwind. Here are some of the uses for quiet rooms.
Contrary to popular belief, 15 minutes of shut-eye can do wonders for employee productivity. According to sleep.org, sleep deprivation costs American companies $63.2 billion a year in lost productivity. Companies such as Uber, Google, and Ben & Jerry’s have counteracted sleep deprivation by offering a space for employees to get some rest. More and more employers are welcoming quick naps for a more productive work day.
Religious Prayer & Observation
For employees who have set times to pray during the day, the quiet room can serve as a prayer room. If you have Muslim employees, you’ll want to have a room divider to separate women and men. The quiet room should not have any phones or interruptions that could potentially interrupt prayer.
Yoga & Meditation
Offer a space for employees to practice well-being at work. If you’re unable to offer a fitness area, a quiet room can allow for one person to practice their meditations or do exercises.