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OfficePOD arrives in London

The OfficePOD can now be seen at 131-151 Great Titchfield Street, London W1 and we would be delighted to show you around. Please call Stephen Tanner on 07899 966685 to arrange a viewing.

What would you do with your OfficePOD?

Competition Polaroids

Enter to win a MacBook Pro or a weekend away in Geneva – includes flights, hotel and spending money.

Selected entries of brilliance will be showcased on our website – and a winner will be chosen from this online collection by a group of industry design and architectural professionals.

The competition has now closed and entries will no longer be accepted. Results will be announced shortly.

Massive 63% Reduction in CO2 for OfficePOD Users

Our updated CO2 research shows a 63% reduction in CO2 emissions when moving to OfficePOD from a traditional office.

This dramatic reduction is achieved when moving from 5 days in an office (with associated commute) to 3 days in an OfficePOD and 2 days travelling to the central office for meetings.

In terms of the CO2 per annum created, 5.4 tonnes are created per user in a 5 day office and commute scenario compared to only 2.0 tonnes for the 3 day OfficePOD/2 day office and commute user.

The greatest areas of saving are generated in relation to the reduced commuting and power required for heating, lighting and cooling.

The whole new meaning of ‘home working’

Working from home is becoming increasingly popular for large corporations and smaller businesses alike. Even the Financial Times is writing about it. Recession, greener thinking and the challenges surrounding modern parents and portfolio careers are seeing an exponential rise in the number of people adopting smarter working practice, such as working from home.

There is an increasing consumer awareness that has moved the idea of home working away from telemarketing and service-based industries towards a new movement of dynamic professionals who are now adopting the practice.

The reality of this movement is seen here at OfficePOD through the amount of interest our product has generated and the potential partnership base we have available to work with; to the point where ‘home working’ finally no longer has the stigma attached to it that it once used to of being the next step up from unemployment.

The changing nature of the holiday

Recession has bought one question to mind here as the holiday season starts – does it bring more frivolity or less?

Last year few of us on our August breaks anticipated what we were about to experience in terms of economic turbulence for the ensuing 12 months. This year there is hopefully less of a smokescreen against the Autumn and for many white collar professionals it is more about taking some invaluable time out to reflect on careers and values which have been turned upside down over the last year.

In a boom there is a large opportunity-cost in taking a holiday compared to taking a break in a recession. This year many will be happier to walk away for August and take time out compared to other years. However, we believe less people will be taking time out completely but having more of a longer ‘working break’.

As an increasing number of entrepreneurs are now popping up as a result of the recession, it means many are likely to be working from home over the August period as opposed to taking a shorter but more complete break. Compared to other years workers will be less likely to put down their tools altogether. OfficePOD’s garden office solution provides the ability to easily work from home over the summer break; with an escape from the main living space without commuting altogether and where downtime from work can be spent in your own garden rather than on a park bench or at the desk.

In recession it makes sense to take longer breaks with friends and family, shutting the head office but keeping the machine running. Technology permits that the offices of SMEs can be run virtually from almost anywhere. Working from home over August means that participation in leisure time over the holiday period is ever possible and commute time is eliminated. So if it is done efficiently, there is no reason why August cannot become a more flexible month with shorter working hours.

Increasingly large British firms, like KPMG for example, are embracing flexible working, showing they are keen to retain talent and allowing more of their workers to operate from home. Management are becoming more innovative to keep hold of employees. This means that the traditional two to three week holiday in August might not prevail but will start to take on different variations, including working from home.

Cisco and BT Adopt Smart Working

OfficePOD naturally embraces companies adopting smart working practices. In these recessive times it takes a large amount of forward thinking for employers to allow employees to work from home. We are always seeking to educate employers on the mutual benefits of implementation of smart working for both the company and its staff.

So you have to love Cisco. Cisco this week has revealed it has made more than US$277 million in productivity savings by letting employees work from home. Survey results show the company’s telework program makes employees happy. Cisco based its productivity savings on the number of billed hours at an average of US$91 per hour, with the total figure reaching a mindblowing estimate of US$277 million. In addition it’s estimated employees made fuel cost savings exceeding US$10 million per year.

Here in Europe, BT is doing the same. BT claims teleworking increases productivity, reduces absenteeism and improves quality of life, but also increases working hours. This is according to a survey of almost 2,000 staff registered with Workabout, BT’s official teleworking scheme. Again, BT is one of the largest employers of “flexible workers” in Britain. Now the company has more than 5,000 Workabout staff. This voluntary scheme, provides equipment and other support to teleworkers who give up permanent BT office space to move to a home-based, mobile working pattern.

In general it seems employees are all for smarter working (we know this by the constant positive feedback we get on the OfficePOD); but there is a mismatch between the keenness of employees to adopt smart working practice against employers being educated on the benefits.

So Cisco and BT if you are reading this, well done on your forward thinking approach to organisational structure – we will be in touch!

Advanced Working Practices

Advanced working practices can reduce an organisation’s office space by up to 30%.  BUT ingrained attitudes and a fear of the unknown ensure that these opportunities often remain unlocked.

Read the article by Advanced Workplace Associates and learn more about how these savings can be unlocked and understand more about the benefits – Advanced Working Practices.

Financial Times – OfficePOD Coverage

We got some positive coverage from the Trendspotter section of The Financial Times on May 23rd.

‘OfficePOD is marketing to companies with staff who could work from home, offering a service that will supply, install and maintain an office capsule.  It calculates the average saving from basing a worker at home rather than in central London could be more than £9,000 per year, excluding commuting costs’.

Grand Designs Live – A Great Success

Kevin McCloud

Our invitation to form a central part of Grand Designs Live proved a great success.  As well as the 120,000 members of the public that visited the exhibition, it gave several interested companies the opportunity to come and look at the POD whilst it was on show.

The concept, materials used and quality of the POD were described as ‘outstanding’ by Kevin McCloud and the POD received a wide and comprehensive range of media attention.  It acted as the live radio interview room throughout the period and also featured in Reuters’ online coverage of the event.

Kevin McCloud

One interesting outcome from our consumer market testing at the show is that we are now selling POD’s to small home-based businesses and individuals.  This is in addition to our core offering of the flexible leasing and service agreement model preferred by larger organisations.

OfficePOD Preview 25 March 2009 The Cumberland Hotel, London W1

OfficePOD at The Cumberland Hotel

Our design prototype is being previewed in Central London on the 25th March. The Preview is an invite only event with invitations having gone to some 200 senior individuals from both major private and public sector organisations as well as all of the relevant media organisations.

The Preview will run from 10am to 4pm in the newly refurbished foyer of The Cumberland Hotel, W1.

If your company has an interest in the OfficePOD service or you are from a relevant media publication, then please contact us by way of e-mail (preview@officepod.co.uk) to receive an invitation.

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