What if every day you walk into an office which provides you home-style comfort or has a ping pong table to let you relax between your hectic work schedule? That will surely be a perfect workspace. We all want to be at a workplace where we not only work but also love doing it. Spending an hour or two extra at such a workspace then becomes a choice rather than a compulsion. A lot of studies have been conducted to prove that working in a dynamic office environment increases job satisfaction and gives a comfortable home-like feeling.
These dynamic office spaces have well-designed lounge areas to attract potential employees and clients, equally. Especially the trend has been followed by coworking space providers. The lounge will be the first area their potential coworkers will visit. Designing it in an awestruck manner is what will expand the business and also encourage higher employee retention. Many offices are doing away with the traditional office setup furnished only with desks and chairs. They are increasingly moving towards creating spaces and opportunities concept with their creative and innovative lounge areas to provide a relaxing work environment for their employees.
Creating a comfortable setup in your lounge area is another way to let your employees experience relaxing vibes. You can inspire the changes in a way that employees give the maximum output within the comfort of office space. By incorporating residential furnishings you can make your employees feel as if every Monday they walk into their second home!
Putting sofas, armchairs, chic tables and infusing the area with colours to make it look welcoming is what will make them feel lively. Having grass floors is another way to help employees stay motivated towards their work, giving them the flexibility to work while they lie down to relax. Taking pride in their work and thus contributing a great share to the company’s success is what every owner will want from his/her employees. In fact, try decorating the desks at lounge area and bring a sense of greenery to give it the complete look!
You can alternatively opt for play areas in the lounge. Tech giants like YouTube, Google, Facebook have introduced fun zones at most of their offices. These play areas are probably one of the easiest ways to boost the morale of your staff. You can have provision for games like cards, UNO, snake, and ladders which are not time-consuming and are relaxing. In fact, one of the games which require easy installation and has been widely preferred is video game.
These small indoor sports will help the brain stay active while games like table tennis improve joint as well as muscle movement. Make sure to place several comfortable seating spaces within your lounge area along with provision for fun activities. Even a small cushioned corner or a bean bag is a great choice for small formal immediate meetings. Having provision for bar-like tables or small dining tables will give a relaxing place to have break time refreshments and beverages.
Recreational spaces at offices offer the versatility of design and give a boost to creativity, collaboration, and cohesiveness among various departments at your office. Many might associate these recreational areas with inefficiency. But providing open spaces for those who always want to work in collaboration and private spaces for those who stay focused when its quite is another way to spur productivity. Smaller areas at your offices like hallways and file rooms could be redefined as resourceful spaces. These spaces obviously cannot be used as private cabins or meeting rooms, but can effectively be used as yoga/ meditation rooms or as private spaces to offer distraction free areas for your employees when they need to meet their deadlines.
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Many offices have now come up with a theme based lounge or common area so that as soon as you walk into their office, the interiors speak volumes about the brand. These create a sense of togetherness among the staff and promotes team bonding. One of the most stylish office designs which have been introduced in India has been of a fashion brands, Myntra at its Bengaluru office. The office has a luxurious fashion street, studio and ramp built within the office premises. The company has left no stone unturned for the utmost comfort of its employees and provides them with maximum job satisfaction. The lounge area, in fact, features snooker, table tennis and breakout areas for employee engagement.
Similarly, Adidas features sports theme within its lounge area. As shown on the right, another global organisation, Google follows the culture to design its lounge based on the culture of the country where the office is located. At its Pittsburgh office, Google has successfully given the vibe of the Steel City thus opting for exposed pipes and peeled paint. On another hand, at its Amsterdam office, the company has inculcated its cultural history and visual design within the lounge area, capturing the playfulness of Dutch design.
Designing non-traditional lounge areas within your office might include anything from a small library to open plan workspaces. A row of cubicles and coffee machines are no longer satisfying the needs of the employees. For a generative employee, a company has to look beyond the traditional offices set up and move towards creating creative lounge areas and innovative designs that foster productivity!
People centred work spaces built around the common philosophy of employees well being adds a spice to office interiors. Whether filling up dead spaces or providing the useful furniture to create an efficient lounge area within office space it will always encourage employee movement and connection. You should try keeping your brand in front and portray it in imaginative ways to inculcate a positive company culture into the day to day workings of the office.