A company called Room is daring to rethink the modern workplace through affordable, sustainable and flexible solutions that make more room for people at work. But I wanted to learn more about their soundproof phone booths for the open office.
The average person spends more than 90,000 hours of his or her life at work, making it more important than ever that employees feel productive and happy in their environment. Companies and employees alike are realizing that today’s current iteration of the workplace, the open office leaves a lot to be desired.
ROOM has positioned itself at the center of this conversation as a solution to the workplace’s most pressing issues: lack of privacy and dwindling productivity. They believe that modern workplaces need to be flexible, agile, and able to respond to the shifting needs of an organization.
Their booths are cost-effective, high quality and are becoming an integral part of modern design for all types of companies, from startups to Fortune 500s such as Uber, Salesforce, JP Morgan and Google. But when I heard they had also launched in the UK, I invited their CEO and founder, Brian Chen onto my daily tech podcast to find out more.
Brian Chen is no stranger to open plan environments, having spent the majority of his career working with and advising tech startups, where he routinely found himself exposed to constant noise and distraction. He’s a Y Combinator alum, and was a founding member of Bluesmart, a smart luggage company that pioneered a new category of connected consumer travel accessories.
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