Sarah Nadelmann, Wall Street Journal, Jennifer Kushinka discussed on This Weekend with Gordon Deal


Michigan economic Development Corporation. You don't often find the words business and friendly in the same sentence. Let alone the same state. Learn about the best state to start or grow your business at Michigan business dot org. There's a new trend to combat the lack of privacy in some offices with open floor plans. Phone booths kind of without the phones. Here's this weekend's, Jennifer Kushinka, there's a growing backlash to those open office floor plans, the privacy pod as Sarah needle men of the Wall Street Journal tells us these enclosures are becoming quite the hotspot, Sarah, what do they look like. Wow. They really vary. Some of them are resemble traditional phone booth. And even have that the look of the famous ones in England that are cherry red others are more space age like they look like little spaceships, but mostly they're glass enclosures, they're small they may have a little table at a stool or bench. So how many people could get in there? Well, most of them are designed for one person. But there are larger ones that can accommodate two. Or even I've seen a couple of two six you'll see in the workplace are so a single person. Pas or the two person pots, Sarah when did this concept begin? And what kinds of companies are using them? Put it this way in two thousand fifteen a single bootmaker participated in the neon Neo contra in Chicago for the commercial design industry, and this year, there were more than a dozen. So this is a trend that's been. Growing us over the past three years or so and you'll see them in mostly crucial workplace offices where there are open floor plans, and employee's are working very closely next to one another without any sort of partitions or or very small partition. All right, so Sarah, what are people using them for? Well, I mean, the these are meant for a private phone call. So if you have some personal matter to take care of you don't want your colleagues hearing, you would go into these pods. But people are starting to use them for more than just that purpose. They're doing their jobs in the pods because the open floor plans are too distracting. So they're holing up in the pods. Most of them have signs them player. Sign saying up to thirty minutes, you'll see people in there for way pass that amount of time because they're so engaged in their day to day work. Bringing their laptops, some even little brass stack with them and just sort of about we're speaking with Sarah Nadelmann of the Wall Street Journal about the privacy pod at workplaces, sir. I know you talked to a lot of people who are using them. And they had to go to great lengths to snag one at their job. Can you talk about some of the people you spoke with, you know, they're very popular and companies may have only a couple of pods compared with possibly hundreds of employees. So sacking an empty one can be hard. And yeah, people are using them for more than just phone calls. They're doing their jobs, and then and so I, you know, some people are going to great lengths to get them. There camping outside the podge waiting for one to open up. One woman told me that she resorted to bribery. She knocked on the door, the colleague Whitten side, the booth this one she had a good reply, and and jokingly said, I'll play your contracts. I and the key was you give me your booth this. This was an attorney mentioned said you have to be quick flooded or good news. Here to get inside one. This weekend's Jennifer Kushinka with Wall Street Journal reporter, Sara Nadelmann thirty minutes now after the hour on this.

Coming up next