We’ve received that gentle nudge to return back to the office a few days a week.
I started my current role after the pandemic started so have only met my desk in recent weeks. It’s a room with glaring white overhead lights and a tinted window that looks out to another building’s wall. If bend over and angle your head, you might see the sky.
You could say it’s badly designed and doesn’t inspire me to go in. Frankly, I could work from home forever and don’t feel the need to “bounce ideas off each other” or make myself feel better by socialising.
Considering how much time was spent in the workplace, little thought seems to have gone into it. The walls and ceiling are all white. Everything is so white.
You always hear that a good working space should have a lot of natural light, plants, wood and some colour. I’ve yet to meet an office space that I like and has all these elements.
There is no lounging area or small meeting rooms where small team meetings can occur. To me, having these spaces allows for more thinking out the box, more socialising between teams and offers some space for privacy for phone calls especially when shared offices or open offices are the norm these days.
It is also freezing cold. I’m so use to offices being cold, you just have to have a jacket or scarf with you at all times. The afternoons are spent going to the kitchen to prepare more tea to keep warm.
But I’m not sure why. If our work can be done remotely, why shouldn’t remote working just be the norm now? It means that people can be in locations that they want to be in, working the hours that they can or working around other commitments. It means less time commuting and having to organise one’s self.
Perhaps this is what is feared. Employees gaining their life back.
What would the perfect workplace look like to you?