The open plan office has become a very popular workplace design, where employees are encouraged to intermingle and socialize with their peers. However, such an office can soon become tiresome, when personal space becomes almost nonexistent and employees find themselves with no private space of their own. Orrb Technologies has come up with an interesting new idea that helps office workers take a much needed break in solitude and regain their work drive.
The new invention takes the name of the company, Orrb. It is a womb-like personal space where office workers can retreat and get in touch with their inner self, if only for a few minutes, away from the hustle and bustle of the open space office.
“As companies encourage their employees to intermingle in open plan offices, they [run the risk] of taking that too far and you get a degradation of personal space,” explained Lee McCormack, founder of Orrb Technologies. “Ten years ago, it was 50-50 whether we needed this. Now it’s almost a necessity because we’re so bombarded with information overload and we need a private space in the office.”
The Orrb is a capsule with a lounge seat inside it. It comes with a noise cancelling feature so any sounds coming from the office will be muted. Moreover, it also filters the air to maximize oxygen levels. A screen is set inside the Orrb; once the door is closed, the screen will light up and guide the person inside through a series of breathing exercises. A five minute meditation period shall follow afterwards.
“We gently bring them to the point where they’re really focused, then we can deliver a piece of content, which is either learning or further self-development work,” added McCormack.
The device will start shipping in March. At the moment, its price is estimated at $10.000. Do you think the Orrb will help office workers fight stress and optimize their work drive?