There’s a push to provide a home-like environment in the workplace as well as the tech and support to make homes as close to an office extension as possible. The two worlds are merging and with that comes the need to think outside of traditional office furniture and fittings and consider more residentially when redesigning or “upscoping” the working space.
As the workplace continues to rapidly evolve, driven on by the twin drivers of Covid and social-change, (the big resignation), businesses are looking for ways to blur the home-office divide to encourage employees to love the office space.
The hybrid vs home vs office working debate has not yet been settled, with many bosses still not keen on releasing control of their staff and insisting on office attendance. But, with the increased fluidity of the general workforce, it makes sense to create a workspace that provides as many benefits and assets of homelife as possible.
Managers need to provide employees with an answer to the question, “Why should I come into the office anymore?”
Answer that with provision of a home-like and comfortable environment and give those workers a reason why.
The additional benefits of biophilic design – which deliver tangible productivity, attendance and creativity gains – and flexible spaces - that can work for outcome-focused businesses and differing personality types - are additional pluses that make this approach more than worthwhile.
While architects, office and urban planners and the like will be working on hard on the bigger picture of this office-home-office shift, we have many pieces of well-designed furniture and fittings that will give you the softness of home with the robust build and high performance of a commercial range.
Office lighting can be notoriously clinical, cold and univiting. Replicating a homely feel is as easy as adding a range of lighting options for tasks, mood, warmth and that biophilic touch.