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Embracing Third Places for Flexibility and Collaboration

In the wake of the pandemic, the concept of “Third Places” has gained relevance when it comes to reshaping traditional office designs to cater to the evolving needs of employees. In this blog post, we will explore how these Third Places, encompassing coworking spaces, libraries, gyms, restaurants, and coffee shops, have become essential elements in the modern workplace and are fostering a more flexible and collaborative work environment.

September 27, 2023

Third Places: A Response to Changing Work Dynamics

As remote work became the norm during the pandemic, people sought alternative workspaces beyond their homes. Third Places emerged as a solution, offering employees the freedom to choose where and how they work. With the return to the office and the adoption of hybrid schedules, designers are now incorporating these Third Places within the workspace itself to provide employees with more choices.

“People want a variety of spaces within the office, and a less sterile work environment. It has to be a place where employees feel comfortable,” emphasizes Heather Adams, a product representative at SnapCab, a leading pod manufacturer.

Link Pod in Fractal Workspace: Modern phone booth in co-working open office, featuring sleek design with premium finishes for a stylish and functional workspace.

Catering to Diverse Preferences

Individuals have diverse preferences when it comes to Third Places, both inside and outside of the office. Some prefer quiet, solitary workspaces, while others thrive in bustling environments like coffee shops. Christopher Cramer, SnapCab’s workspace sales manager, points out:

“Everyone has different needs, so it is key to create environments that are flexible enough to adjust in the future without a full redesign of the office.”

These additional workspaces are not just about convenience but also about strengthening relationships the extended periods of isolation that many felt during the pandemic. Adams notes, “Third Places offer people freedom and social interaction, and they really are the anchor of the community.”

Adaptable Workspaces for Enhanced Inclusivity

Incorporating Third Places into the office setting goes beyond just providing choice; it promotes inclusivity and supports individuals with different abilities.

“When designing a workplace today, inclusivity is at the forefront, ensuring that everybody has a space that is comfortable for them,” says Cramer.

Pods and phone booths, strategically placed to maximize space utilization, offer flexibility for various activities. They can be grouped together for collaborative brainstorming sessions or used for focused individual work. This adaptability reduces constraints from building out and makes efficient use of available space.

Customization and Innovation

SnapCab stands out for its extensive range of materials and color options, with more than 200 finishes available. Furthermore, personalized branding or logos can be incorporated to create a bespoke design that seamlessly integrates with the overall office aesthetics. This customization ensures that these Third Places not only serve a functional purpose but also enhance the visual appeal of the workspace.

As the way we use Third Places for work continues to evolve, so do the products that facilitate them. The goal of bringing people back to the office is to foster culture, productivity, collaboration and innovation. Pods, in particular, have adapted to reflect these priorities, with their usage continually transforming over time to meet the evolving needs of the workforce.

The integration of Third Places within office spaces has revolutionized the way we work, offering employees the flexibility they crave while promoting collaboration and inclusivity. As the workplace landscape continues to evolve, these adaptable spaces will remain a cornerstone of the modern office, striking a balance between productivity, comfort, and innovation.

For more information or for interview requests, please contact Carla Bostock at Carla.Bostock@SnapCab.com