Enterprises introducing Individual Booths due to Post-Pandemic workplace adjustments

Featuring Exstopod™ in the MediaCorp news, the content outlines an increasing demand of office booths in workplaces since the Covid-19 situation.

Workplace practices are adjusting with demands to segregate employees especially in open concept offices, or having an extra room to hold meetings & discussions. The booths are highly versatile in its usage with various sizes accommodating single pax and even up to 6-8pax. They’re portable and convenient which can be up and running within just hours!

Exstopod™ have delivered numerous satisfactory projects to various industries such as local government agencies, educational institutions, financial industries, co-working spaces and more!

Last but not least, special thanks to Stoked Associates, our working partner and a great client — reviewed that the booth “helps them to not distract others while working, it is very convenient.”

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Why are pods emerging?

According to research, noises in offices especially open plan offices are a factor that affects working efficiency and productivity in employees. Addressing an issue in relation to unwanted noises in open concept offices, various measures and strategies are implemented to control or reduce noise levels in workspaces.

However, not all measures taken are the best available solution yet. Some references were selected to discuss on existing design and potential improvisations.

Unable to fully secure privacy & peace yet

Intentional creation of “rooms’’ for personal time & privacy; acoustics level compromised

With the increasing demand of privacy and noise control in working environments, pods are emerging in the market designed to combat effects of noise in open spaces.
These privacy pods can be situated at specific places to allow more privacy and peace which in turn increases productivity. Aside from working environments, these pods are applicable for public spaces such as educational institutions, hotel lobby and reception areas, lounges, libraries and many more.

To combat effects of noise, we curated a mobile range of privacy acoustic pods that caters for user whom seeks privacy in a working environment + conduct ad-hoc discussion and meetings. The pods come in various sizes to accommodate different (number of) groups of people, adaptable in various interior spaces.

Internal features of the pods include energy efficiency with centralized motion sensor that prevents energy wastage when it is vacant, and a well-ventilated interior to keep user comfortable at all time. External features such as its robust construction is achieved through the use of powder coated electro-galvanized steel, alongside its portable feature to allow relocation by dismantling and re-assembling.

Exstopod™ is certified free from formaldehyde with a good indoor air quality reading of below 0.005 mg/m³ emission with SGS Certification. It has also achieved a high noise isolation class rating (TUV – 32 NIC).

The certifications reassure users the safety usage of EXSTOPOD™️. These pods are the ultimate solution to work from home – WFH or in open concept offices, especially during pandemic situations whereby employees have to be segregated into groups or different spaces to work at.

Branded as Singapore’s leading privacy and meeting pod, Exstopod™ is recognised by a variety of industries such as local government agencies, educational institutions, finance industries, co-working spaces and more. Exstopod™ have also delivered numerous projects with satisfactory results.

A perfect solution for privacy in tranquility, can be up and running within just a few hours!

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Cost Saving in our Workplace

Cost reduction has always been a regular practice for many business operators, but in recent times, sustainability has become one of the immediate priorities. It is important to manage and implement cost-saving strategies across all aspects including finance and sales, business and marketing, without compromising on the quality and services. So how do we create a cost efficient and sustainable workplace?

So here are some corporate solutions that will drive your workplace towards a cost & eco-friendly environment. Let’s turn to some of these green and cost saving ideas.

Analyze energy consumption and use energy efficient products

Monitor your lighting, air conditioners, electrical and water patterns and consumption. Identify the operating device that consumes the most energy. Analyze and work it out from there. Use energy efficient products like LED light bulbs that consumes up to 80% lesser energy, which could save you a huge amount in the long run! On top of that, motion sensor lightings could also be used to enhance cost and energy efficiency in situations where people tend to leave their lightings on even when not in use.

Use laptop instead of desktop

Desktops consumes considerably higher energy than laptops. And in unprecedented times during the pandemic outbreak, workers are expected to work remotely with the assistance of flexible equipment. Consider to replace some desktop with laptops for a kickstart and observe the ease in electrical bill and energy consumption within the entire workplace.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle usage of paper or Go paperless!

Use both sides of papers when printing, photocopying and faxing to cut down the paper usage, costs, and waste as much as possible. Review your documents on-screen instead of printing out unnecessarily, also soft-copy documentations are a way to promote going paperless.

Create flexible Meeting Spaces

Commonly meeting rooms are built in a large permanent form to cater for big groups meeting. However, when casual discussions or meetings are organized within a group of 2-3s, the spacious conference room then becomes under-utilized and ‘over-costly’.
Analyze the needs and requirements of employees as to whether a formal meeting space is required, or how many pax are involved. Design smaller spaces that can support majority needs and yet have the versatility to adapt to various discussion settings and number of people. As such, we can maximize utilization and minimize cost. Consider having portable pods instead of building and demolishing conference rooms.

Marketing

Save the trees! Opt for digital or online marketing instead, it is a low-cost alternative which frees up storage space and cuts down on printing cost. Digital marketing allows for frequent updating and editing of designs and information to your desired preference without printing and re-printing. Additionally, online marketing platform allows for outreach to targeted audience and enables you to retrieve data and demographics from specific location, age and target groups for a good analysis.
Alternatively, word-of-mouth marketing is also another cost effective yet convenient and potentially powerful tool to use!

It’s not difficult to implement some of these eco-friendly measures which could also save you a bomb! Kickstart with these minor solutions and gradually achieve the results that you’re aiming for. Perhaps you can even celebrate your success with the amount saved from those implementations.

Start saving your wallet and the Earth now!

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Spice up your Living Space!

A space for rest and expression

Distinctive looking furniture can always make a difference to a space, aesthetically, emotionally, and even environmentally. Personalize your space, envelope yourself in coziness and ultimate comfort with thoughtful furniture. Spice up your living space or communal area with exclusively designed furniture to create a pleasant environment, it definitely enhances the overall experience.

If you are thinking about remodeling your office or even homes, WE HAVE ALL YOU NEED!

Angus

Angus is designed with a unique and impactful vision. Inspired by the breed cattle “angus”, it is notable for its meat but also for its strong and significant shape. The Angus Sofa is shaped with curved and soft edges which endeavors to portray comfort in functionality, freshness and purity aesthetically. Its materiality enhances the comfort and luxury of this range, providing user a pleasant and cozy experience.

Angus is available in multiple sizes to accommodate various spatial context and functionalities, such as a lounge area or collaborative interior spaces.

Additionally, Angus was awarded the German Design Award – WINNER 2020 in the category of Excellent Product Design Furniture. Statement of the jury about ANGUS states: “the round forms of cushions and backrests create an exciting contrast with the clear construction of the metal frame. An elegant chair, which promises a high level of seating comfort and makes a visual statement at the same time”.

Grab your designer sofa now!

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Redefine your Workspace, Enhance your Ergonomics

Experiencing sharp pains, numbness or tingling feeling on your neck, back or wrist? Many are working from home during the unprecedented pandemic time, people are turning their dining tables and couches into a workspace which inevitably leads to Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) & chronic pains like back injuries. MSDs is a common cause from poor ergonomics in your daily activities. But there are ways to help your body avoid these unnecessary strains and discomfort.

Let’s understand more on ergonomics and how we can improve it.

Understanding Ergonomics and the Source of the pain

Our body contain three types of muscles: Cardiac, Smooth and Skeletal. Muscles that maintain our posture, stabilize joints and bone are skeletal muscle. Skeletal muscle fibers are long and are attached to bones directly or via tendons or aponeuroses. All the activities we do involves skeletal. And poor ergonomics activities can cause musculoskeletal disorders.

Ergonomics can be defined as the scientific design between human interactions and their co-relating elements for comfort and safety in an environment which also promotes efficiency and productivity. Simply said, ergonomics is a significant factor that we tend to neglect overtime which can lead to a decrease in the overall system performance of our health and body. Ergonomics should be given as much emphasis and awareness as any other trends, despite the fact it is often noticeable only when it’s absent from products.

Things we do unknowingly contribute to poor ergonomics

We are often deemed as the “look down” generation whom are always on our mobile devices whenever possible. With the increasing usage and reliance on electronic devices, especially for a prolonged period of time, we are gradually adopting bad postures unknowingly in our daily routines.

Workspaces in offices and homes with little consideration to ergonomics tend to cause discomfort while working. This in turn disperses their focus away from work. As these awkward positions are occurring on a repetitive basis, the condition tends to worsen.
The level of discomfort and inefficiency experienced throughout the working process will cause a plummet in the overall productivity. This is even so during the Covid-19 pandemic, when most residence are not work from home ready.

How to improve your ergonomics?

Exercise your muscles, loosen your body

Take short intervals between work to release the tension created by your long hours stiff posture. Re-charge your body with a few minutes exercise, moving around and doing some stretches help loosen your body and keeps it maintained.

Establish a healthy and active environment

Consider to equip your residential or commercial workplace with dynamic furniture that allows for frequent movement such as height adjustable desks, adjustable monitor arms and ergonomic accessories to enhance the working experience. Ensure clearance space around your work desk are sufficient in order to keep the space safe and pleasant. Other elements such as lighting, air quality and ventilation are part of creating an ergonomic environment too.

Keep everything within reach at the comfortable height

Organize your workstation in order to minimize muscle or ligament strain while trying to get hold of your stuffs. Furniture such as desk and chairs should be adjusted to suit your comfort level such that arms and elbows can move freely while working. Ensure your computer screen is at or slightly below your eye level to prevent neck or back strains.

Ergonomic furniture

These specially designed furniture helps to eliminate risk factor at work. It improvises your environment for the betterment of a healthy workspace, from commercial workspaces to home offices. Consider ergonomic solution as a one-time investment which will focus on improving your physical health and reduces the cost of unnecessary medical expenses caused by prolonged uncomfortable condition or fatigue.

Work in neutral postures

Proper posture maintenance is an essential, while you work with the “C” curve on your back for a prolonged period, it will cause strains and aches. Keeping the proper alignment of our neck, hands and wrist are also necessary as excessive pressure or force at joints may lead to injuries too.

So, what are your waiting for? Let’s start adjusting your posture and environment to improve your ergonomics now! Never be negligent, it has more significance than you know.

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Considerations For Better Productivity At Work

Your environment has a significant impact on your mood whether it’s personal or corporate environment. Your concentration on the task is highly influenced from the surroundings that can alter your productivity. The design and decoration of your environment is the greatest asset in terms of productivity. If you don’t pay attention to it, it can become a source of anxiety at work.
With a creative design and comfortable office furniture, you can boost productivity to a whole new level. The plant on your office desk can be your inspiration, and your comfortable chair can also motivate you to do better. 

Here we will look at some considerations that can helps you in obtaining a better work experience and productivity.

Minimize the Distractions

When designing your office for productivity, don’t just focus on organizing your desk. Everything in your surroundings is part of your office and will help you to concentrate on your work. Desk should be clean, and everything should be in the right spot for lesser distractions.
Office chairs and other accessories can make your life easier at work.

Organize Your Work Area

If you have a lot on your mind, the best thing is to make a list of things that you need to do at a specific time. There are some applications available to organize your tasks, but the best strategy is to use sticky notes, so your goals are visible for the day.

Functional Space

In your office, there should be dedicated rooms for meetings, reading, and fun. Having these dedicated spaces not only makes your office professional, but employees can also enjoy their break time. If you don’t want your employees to feel tired, you can have some fresh green plants in your office, and a recliner can also help them relax their bodies.

Let the Environment Inspire you

If there is a window in your office that has a fantastic view, make sure that you are facing the window. Looking out the street or any scenery after an hour of work can help you to get rid of stress and fatigue. There are several other sources of inspiration in your surroundings that you can use, like you can have a motivational poster on the desk wall or have a photo calendar of your loved one.

Let us know if you need any ideas or inspiration for your new office. We may be able to help.

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