Work-life balance is one the most used terms nowadays. It’s becoming such an important aspect, that almost every profession is trying to work towards achieving this goal. Advertisers are seducing the public with messages that appeal to harmony, human resources departments are finding ways to retain clients with benefits, and designers are creating spaces to make people feel at home when they’re not.
These are some of the features offices are implementing to strengthen a work-life balance culture within the company.
Family meets around the food
Companies want employees to create strong relationships between them rather than being strangers in a hall. Therefore, they’re recreating the “family heart” with comfortable lounges and cafeteria where people can sit and chat around food. This implies workplaces are also installing coffee bars, boutique restaurants, and bubbly beverages dispensers all over. That’s without mentioning the long tables that create a cozy atmosphere, comfortable lounge chairs that generate a “farmstead table”, and a fully-stocked kitchen.
Attics are not always scary
Although attics and hidden rooms sounded creepy when we were kids, they’re cherished in workplaces. Employees are often looking for a place where they can have a quiet break, meditate and drive themselves away from the hectic office life. Therefore it’s really common to find bean bag chairs, acoustic furniture pods, sliding glass doors, and private enclaves. These private spaces usually have yoga mats, hammocks, massage chairs, and indoor gardens. All of this to create the adequate space to recharge and come to the desk fully energized.
Playing is valid
Working in an office can turn out to be very sedentary. People can be sitting in the same place for over 8 hours, plus the additional time they spend on the car and train. Because offices know about the importance of stretching and fitness, most of them are designing spaces to recreate the backyard for a sense of play and movement. These are large spaces with no windows or walls where employees can do jumping jacks, make some dance movements and even take some time for a push-up competition. Some companies even take this to another level and install slides next to stairs, swings, and basketball hoops.
It’s all about moving around
The same way people sit and enjoy from different spaces around the house, workplaces also want this to happen. That’s why companies are saying goodbye to desks and established sitting arrangements. In fact, over half (54%) of employees who have multiple workspaces think they’re more effective. [Clutch’s 2018 Future of Work survey]. Additionally, because most jobs require more than one task, it’s great for employees to choose from a variety of workspace options that accommodate the most to the specific task. Within this trend are dynamic workspaces: areas that are in constant change and can easily be moved or transformed into another one.
We love doors, but they can stay outside
More companies are joining the “no-door” policy so employees can communicate with anybody. Meaning questions, comments, and new ideas are always welcomed and numerous issues can be worked out without unnecessary protocol.
If you still don’t have enough practices for a work-life balance, you can try some of the above strategies and see how your team will appreciate it.
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