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Pridex: Top 5 Unusual Office Tricks

26 April 2022
The switch to a hybrid mode of operation, the development of office technologies, the growth of the business processes intensity — all these are the defining trends of modern corporate life, which change the approach to office design and contribute to the emergence of new, unusual formats.

Pridex, one of the largest contractors in the commercial real estate market, studied the layouts of office projects and formed the top 5 most interesting solutions.

TikTok rooms

This is what employees call small meeting rooms designed for 1−2 people and intended, as a rule, for video calls. In such rooms, ring lights with a smartphone holder are installed to make communication as comfortable as possible, and the call participant — well-lit.

The increased demand for online communication has had a significant impact on the specifics of the meeting rooms use. That is why a large number of compact spaces appear in new projects, convenient for video conferencing.

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A new format of meeting rooms in the innovative Multispace office space.

Sports points

Large-scale recreational areas in new offices are being replaced by small sports points, point-integrated into workspaces or corridors. Such sports pockets are equipped with treadmills, exercise bikes and other equipment that allows to distract oneself from routine tasks for a while, so as to be able to return to work with a fresh look.

In the new conditions, the intensity of work processes has significantly increased, and therefore there is a demand for a flexible recreation infrastructure located "a few steps" from the workplace.

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Sports point in the new Sberbank office — a prominent representative of agile offices.

Corporate Museum

Own-product Museum can be an ideal solution for the reception area — the opportunity to authorize the entrance group for additional marketing functionality is increasingly being used by companies. In addition to racks with products from various periods, often of value to collectors, such rooms are also equipped with advanced multimedia systems with large video walls and professional acoustics.

At the moment, the role of reception is being reconsidered: the value of the traditional waiting area for guests and the correspondence reception point are called into question — especially in small offices. Many companies choose the option of transforming the reception into a corporate museum or an interactive showroom.

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Corporate museum in the reception area in the Moscow Xiaomi office.

Scooters Sharing

To reflect the company’s focus on an active lifestyle and enthusiasm for sports, some offices are implementing an unusual idea: any employee can use a scooter to move around the floor. Small parking lots are organized for scooters and sometimes even special paths are allocated, which is especially important for large headquarters.

A prominent representative of the local and not expensive from the implementation viewpoint recreation in the office. Employers are exercising creativity by replacing expensive infrastructure with unusual, in-demand solutions that can be further varied.

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Mini-parking for scooters in the Citymobil office.

Sleeping spots

In modern offices, there is a wide variety of locations for sleeping: from compact capsules and comfortable armchairs equipped with special privacy domes, to sleep cabins, and even separate rooms that are more like hotel rooms: with a bed, a table, a wardrobe, a shower and a separate air conditioning system. Many sleep capsules are equipped with a timer, and booking systems are even installed in separate sleep cabins and rooms for certain periods of time, for example, 20, 30 or 40 minutes.

Sleep has finally become legalized in the office environment: in the near future it will become as much a part of corporate culture as talking about the weather with a colleague from a neighboring department in a coffee point.

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A sleeping area in the Citymobil office.
  • Alexander Aleynikov,
    Commercial director and Partner of Pridex

    "A modern office ceases to be a conservative space in which you need to "sit out" your 8-hour working day. The popularity of flexible work hours, the demand for video communication and non-standard approaches to the office organization aid to take a different look at the usual workplace. The formation of a new approach allows companies to increase their competitiveness in the fight for valuable personnel and positively influence the efficiency of employees."

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