Promotion: buying office pods instead of building meeting rooms could save companies in the US around $30 billion by 2030, according to research by soundproof booth manufacturer Framery and real-estate investor CBRE.
More people working from home means employers are scrambling to use costly office space more effectively, while the increasing prevalence of video calls has resulted in growing demand for small, acoustically insulated meeting spaces.
"Office occupiers are investing more and more into flexible spaces and different types of adjustable spaces to meet the demand of flexibility and to attract their workforce back to the office after the pandemic years' remote working," said CBRE's Jussi Niemistö.
A study by Framery and CBRE found that as well as offering options for changing office setups, pods are more cost-effective than constructing new meeting rooms.
CBRE compared the costs associated with getting one-, four- and six-person Framery office pods with the cost of building meeting rooms of equal size in different cities around the world.
It found that meeting pods tended to be significantly cheaper – with constructing equivalent meeting rooms costing 55 per cent more on average.
Building a permanent phone room in a New York office is 155 per cent more expensive than getting a one-person Framery booth, according to the study.
A separate study by real-estate firm Cushman & Wakefield found that more than 41 per cent of office space in the US is in need of refurbishment in order to support hybrid working by the end of the decade – around 241 million square metres.
Framery's analysis based on CBRE's research indicated that building new meeting rooms in that amount of space would cost more than $85 billion. By comparison, the same area of Framery pod space could be purchased for around $55.5 billion.
Framery CEO Samu Hällfors also argues that meeting pods reduce office running costs.
"Pods are compact and make better use of existing space," said Hällfors. "They allow for greater flexibility in rearranging and reconfiguring offices and they can be moved to a new location when needed."
"That all greatly reduces the lifetime costs associated with running an office, especially in larger cities with high-priced real estate," Hällfors continued.
Founded in 2010, Framery claims to have invented and sold the world's first office pod, and its Framery O is the world's best-seller.
There are now more than 200 pod manufacturers around the world, according to Hällfors.
"The increasing demand for these office pods isn't coming so much from management as it is from employees themselves," he said. "Reimagining the workplace in these innovative, cost-effective ways is what is going to get employees excited to return to the office."
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