In the busy, often overwhelming workplace, we all crave a space for solo work where we can block out distractions and focus. As open floor plans have become more commonplace, enclaves have become an office must-have. A creative and well-designed enclave offers an in-office oasis workers can retreat to concentrate on their work.
While collaborative spaces offer places for groups of people to gather, the enclave provides seclusion for those who need to work alone and focus. An enclave is a small, private space for one person to retreat for focus work or time alone. They provide a quiet spot for reflection that supports the calm focus we need to process information and formulate details for great work.
Enclaves may be small, but their benefits are invaluable. Here are four reasons why the enclave is one of our favorite areas of the workplace.
Humans are social creatures, but a need for privacy is also part of human nature. With the rise of open floor plans, the need for privacy has left workers craving places where they can spend time alone. Whether it’s to make a phone call or to better concentrate on work, an enclave offers the peace, quiet, and privacy workers need.
Enclave with Massaud Lounge Seating offers sanctuary and supports work with a swivel tablet.
Enclave designs typically have more in common with a living room than a traditional office. Giving workers the option to relax, take a break from their usual workstation, and change their posture can be rejuvenating so they can produce higher quality work.
Make enclaves desirable destinations in the office by outfitting them with high-comfort furniture that supports work tools and postures, such as Massaud Lounge Seating or Hosu Lounge Seating. Enhance the space with accessories like rugs and lighting, and it will be the envy of all the office.
Enclave featuring Hosu Lounge Seating.
Cubicles and private offices leave workers feeling disconnected and disengaged, yet open floor plans can be overwhelming and make people long for privacy. The key to worker satisfaction and engagement is providing balance for varying styles of work. Enclaves fulfill that innate need for privacy without depriving workers of the social connections necessary for collaboration.
Lagunitas Lounge Seating configured as an enclave
Whether working alone or as part of a team, a change of scenery can be just what you need to refresh your mind. Just as open collaborative spaces offer workers a change of scenery which can spark inspiration among teams, private enclaves can have a similar effect on people working alone.
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