It’s 2022 and the way we work is changing. Gone are the days of static desk cubicles and regimented 9-5’s; the working week is becoming exceedingly flexible. After extended periods of working from home and many companies continuing with remote work, now it begs the question: what is the draw of the office in 2022? Here are 3 things that your employees want from a workspace and how they can be implemented into your office design!
3 Things that Your Employees Want from a Workspace
Collaboration & the Social Side
We all know that working remotely has its perks, but nothing beats the buzz of the office and the sense of community it so perfectly captures. Sure, Zoom meetings can be great for bridging locational gaps, but face-to-face meetings are far more engaging and social, which is exactly what draws employees to the office.
Workspaces with imaginative meeting rooms can really fuel that creative spark – take this ‘Batcave’ meeting room we recently installed for Call Credit in Smithfield. With large TV screens and a futuristic ambience, this room gives employees a space to hold interactive discussions and really get inspired.
With large TV screens and a futuristic ambience, this room gives employees a space to hold interactive discussions and really get inspired.
Additionally, features like the pinnable plywood walls in the recent refurbishment of Creature of London provide a physical space to share ideas and work collaboratively in a way that just isn’t obtainable when working remotely, supporting your company’s creativity and innovation.
Comfort is Key
Whether it’s working on the sofa at home or in a cosy coffee shop, people have become accustomed to comfort – would you want to give that up for an old office chair at an ill-fitting desk?
If your office has a variation of workspaces with an abundance of comfortable furniture, employees are far more likely to make the commute and have a greater enthusiasm for coming to work. The communal working area at Creature of London, exhibiting both traditional table and chair workspaces alongside plush sofas for more comfortable, collaborative work.
The communal working area at Creature of London, exhibiting both traditional table and chair workspaces alongside plush sofas for more comfortable, collaborative work.
Coffee & Snacks
In a recent JLL workplace study, 81% of employees communicated that great food options in the workplace positively influences their enthusiasm to go to work, so being able to provide excellent food choices can be an extremely beneficial addition to your office. This could look like a cafeteria or coffee shop in the building serving great coffee and sandwiches or organising food trucks to visit the premises weekly, collaborating with local businesses in your area.
Alternatively, a popular feature for newly refurbished offices is a communal kitchen area, allowing staff to prepare their own food, with cooking together being a great team bonding activity. See below the spacious, modern kitchen area in the recent Call Credit refurb, providing a contemporary, stylish communal area where employees can enjoy their lunch breaks with healthy food they prepared together.
Let us help you out…
How successful is your workplace for providing your employees with these 3 key draws to a 2022 office? If the answer leaves little to be desired, contact us today to find out how we can assist you in turning your offices into a space that your employees can’t wait to return to every day!
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