Posts tagged Workplace

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.

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 ( to receive an invitation.

The Word On The Street Workplace TV

Work Place TV

One of Workplace TV’s new clips is a series of short interviews with a number of ‘people on the street’ where they are asked to talk about their own home working experiences.

Workplace TV is quickly becoming the go-to place for recorded insights, knowledge, trends and guidance around how modern employers and their staff use the workplace. This short edited film gives an insight into the employees view.

‘Smartworking’ Trend Report on New Ways of Working

Tony Hancock in Office

JBA has drawn together a report on ‘Smartworking’ – a term aimed at encapsulating today’s new working practices and philosophies. JBA’s report looks at the driving forces of cultural and organisational change and clearly frames how quickly viewpoints are changing.

The report provides a ‘roots-to-future’ story of shifting attitudes to work, and to provide perspective on;

  • office demands,
  • workstyle considerations,
  • what’s required to retool management practices,
  • the importance of values and trust,
  • ecologically sustainable and socially just issues,
  • the impact on the corporate agenda, and
  • what the future might hold.

View a copy of the report here