Here's a problem: There is a cubicle farm office where most people don't need to use a telephone much during their workday and silence would be great for productivity. Yet sometimes people will have private calls, often unplanned, and there's a need for some place they could have such calls without disturbing others.
There are currently the following options:
- Staircases - good, but there're not so many staircases in the building and they are not close to every person and also sound spreads there pretty well, so once there's more that one person on a given staircase they start putting sound pressure on each other and so the call becomes not very private.
- Meeting rooms - good, but again there are not so many meeting rooms in the office and they are often used for meetings (so unusable for calls at that time).
I gave it some a thought and it looks like the extreme perfect solution would be some kind of telephone booth with increased level of sound insulation - it takes little space, it can be planted anywhere and it makes long calls not very convenient (because there's nothing to sit on inside) and it looks like it solves the problem.
How is this problem typically addressed? Are there commonly known solutions such as a telephone booth I describe?