How to ... Make your office more home-like
There have been companies setting up shop in converted houses. Now traditional offices are looking more like homes.
Linda Trim, director at workplace design specialists Giant Leap, says the blending of the two in terms of furnishings and feel has become more common.
She has the following advice:
• The trend is about creating a space people want to be in. "When you think that we spend about a third of our lives working, no-one wants to feel like they're in an office," she says.
• With the increased use of laptops, people are no longer tethered to their desks. "People pick up their laptops and will perhaps sit or lounge on a couch, much like they do at home."
• More comfortable office space is more appealing to younger employees.
• A mix of traditional desks, couches and coffee tables means workers can work collaboratively or on their own.
• It is also about creating an environment conducive to engagement and productivity. "The right mix of furnishings can create an environment that increases employee engagement and satisfaction, which are considered key drivers to a company's success," says Trim.