These days my Instagram and Pinterest feeds seem to be flooded with amazing shared work spaces. Gone are the days of cramped cubicles and ugly partitions. Shared workspaces are now clean, bright and they actually encourage collaboration and creativity.
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As I mentioned above, cubicles are a thing of the past. Workstations are set out in long rows, either against a wall or facing each other, with very little segregation between spaces. Despite the lack of privacy (which would take some getting used to) I love the feel of these spaces. The beauty of the offices above would make me look forward to going to work each morning.
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I also love the infusion of lounge and living spaces into offices. In the past, sofas and lounge seating were reserved for reception areas. Now, businesses are incorporating comfortable seating areas into meeting spaces that meant to be used by employees.
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In addition to room to lounge, conference rooms are feeling more and more like dining spaces. Gone are the days when offices were furnished only with “office” furniture. The dining table has now crossed over to conference room appropriate.
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I also think it is important not to underestimate the power of an amazing office kitchen. Let’s face it, most people spend the majority of their lives working. When you are spending that much time in a space, little things like bottled water and high-end coffee go a long way.
All of these trends point towards making an office space feel more like home. In my opinion, part of what makes employees loyal is a feeling that they are valuable. This movement towards amazing collaborative, home-y office spaces does precisely that. If my office looked like one of the spaces above, I might never leave. In fact, I might move in permanently.