The next work mode impacting modern workplace design is socialize. Being social by nature, people need interactions with others throughout the day. While collaboration and learning can satisfy this need to some extent, break time plays an integral role in the social work mode. Having designated areas in the office where employees can come together to socialize and talk about something other than work allows coworkers to get to know each other on a deeper level and develop camaraderie. Break areas and informal gathering spaces make it easy for employees to socialize and have a pause from the hectic workday, while creating bonds that are integral for productivity and retaining team talent.
The staff communal area at Houzz’s London office gives employees a space where they can step away from their work, take a break and unwind. The table groupings encourages socialization among employees.
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The VICE office in Toronto recreates the relaxed vibe of a classic cigar lounge with spaces that double as both socializing and collaboration zones.
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Placester has introduced an element of play and friendly competition in their Boston headquarters by adding a pool table to their break room.
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One of the hottest trends in office design is creating break areas that don’t look like they are in the office. These spaces are designed for comfort and allow employees to get the same experience as going out, without having to leave the office. Many offices are recreating the vibe of hip, urban industrial coffee shops, by furnishing break areas with metal tables, bar stools and chairs.
Another trend is strategically placed seating areas throughout the office that double as socialize and collaboration zones. Employees can use these spaces to gather and socialize during break times, and also to have impromptu meetings throughout the workday. This multipurpose use can maximize the value of your furniture as it becomes a useful tool over the course of the entire workday.
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