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And hello, you beautiful new world of work, shaped by globalization and digitization! The change in the way we work has also led to the realisation that a company's workspaces can have a huge impact on the well-being and mood of its employees, their health and their general job satisfaction.
New Work – New Room
Creative office concepts are on the advance. Companies are symbolically using the spatial redesign to realign their values. The change should become visible - as a sign that a rethink is taking place. Today's working methods are becoming more and more flexible and dynamic, and so are the rooms: perfectionism is not in demand, but authentic workplaces that offer friction and where one is challenged. Excellent working conditions have also established themselves as an important recruiting and engagement instrument.
The church as an office
More and more self-employed people, flexible working hours and networking over long distances led to a boom in coworking spaces. Here the working person should have the feeling of being part of a community. This is ensured by an unusual ambience that radiates euphoria and enthusiasm. The whole thing is complemented by WLAN, as well as services in the event and food area. The market in the big cities is gradually saturated, now it is time to differentiate yourself as a provider: The latest examples are the Noerd Stube in Oerlikon, where you can come to work in your own slippers. Good coffee and homemade cakes round off the range. Just like at home!
Now more coworking spaces are to be offered in rural areas in order to reduce the number of commuters. Even unorthodox places of work have potential, such as churches, bookstores and flower shops - synergies can thus be optimally used. The German design studio Studio Aisslinger even designed a "cowork bath", i.e. a bathroom with a work area. In the future, work will be done where the best ideas come from.
Canteen was yesterday
A not to be underestimated value is the common lunch. From an entrepreneurial point of view, this should of course not happen in the constantly growing convenience shops in the surrounding area, but in the company's own premises.
Canteens are thus becoming more and more a feel-good place. Dry schnitzel are a thing of the past, the quality of the food is high, healthy and energy-giving. Just as we eat, so does the influence on our thoughts and actions. So good that even external people like to arrange lunch here again and again. One of the pioneers in this respect was Olafur Eliasson. The artist designs a canteen of a special kind for his 100 employees in Berlin. Four times a week a team of five cooks dishes that are so healthy and delicious that people talk about them far beyond Berlin. The team cooks as environmentally friendly as possible. Energy consumption is reduced by processing as fresh a product as possible that does not have to be cooled. Suppliers who come by bicycle are given preference and food leftovers are recycled as much as possible. What remains is collected by ReFood, a company that processes food waste into energy.
Large space or single cell - the question hardly arises anymore. Today's interior concepts rely on flexibility and adaptability. Interior design is geared towards being able to fulfil more and more functions at the same time: Different zones, flexible and movable furniture, room-dividing elements also as alternatively usable conversation and workstations.
The right flow management creates space for chance encounters, because it is precisely these spontaneous conversations that are often the source of great ideas. In addition to all the open spaces, workshops and teamwork, retreat rooms and regeneration areas are becoming increasingly important. Taking a break is "in", the importance of which has been proven. Mentally working people need pauses for thought. Here the batteries can be recharged and often it is at these moments that the best insights and most creative solutions emerge.