Before the first open-plan office was integrated, employers were running a regimented approach towards office life where employees sat in straight lines continuously turning over-work, while managers were segregated in individual offices to have a clear headspace and no distractions. Even though an open plan office has all the elements of the traditional office, the layout enables staff to change it up a bit and adapt their working space to what works best for them at that current moment in time, and then change it all around again when it no longer does. Along with the open-plan office came “Hot-desking”, an approach to work where employees could choose to sit wherever they wished each morning. In 1965, the original and extreme concept of an office pod was designed, more commonly known as ‘The Action Office 2’ which introduced cubicle farms to reduce the number of employees suffering from anxiety and stress. Nowadays, the office pod is more of a luxury in the office to escape from the noise and questions. Employers are spoilt for choice between pop-up office pods for spontaneous meetings or permanent fixtures in the office for colleagues to hide away and work in. Design – by creating a product or a piece in virtual reality, a designer is able to review and analyse what parts of the design work and what parts do not fulfil their purpose.
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