We now spend more time than ever at work. In mega-cities that compete for the best workforce and with many jobs becoming remote, companies are looking to design new workspaces that bring back a sense of community. That’s where design consultancy MCM comes in. They’ve created cool workspaces for the likes of Condé Nast International, Havas UK and The Estée Lauder Companies, with chic cafeterias that look like dining destinations in their own right. Cosy auditoriums and meeting rooms that make inventive use of small spaces and outdoor communal spaces have contemporary artwork that invite non-employees to relax and chill out there too. There’s an emphasis on the “in-between spaces”; areas away from our desk that encourage social interaction, spark creativity, and provide a memorable client experience.
“Communities are no longer a collection of buildings with a single use anymore” say MCM. “Schools, offices, shops and cafés are transforming to support a variety of experiences. The school is where you now may go to learn yoga and the café somewhere to get some focused work done.”
And all of this has tangible results. Not only do people feel a loyalty to the company that they work for, but employees end up being more productive in their day jobs. Enabling employees to deal with personal interests during work time keeps the workforce less stressed and they are more able to properly refresh in private time.
So will we end up visiting the workplace on the weekend, and when we go on holiday? Perhaps. But think of it less as a workplace, and more of a social space, building a sense of togetherness.
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