After Steve Jobs led Graphics Group through a major rebrand, it became Pixar Animation Studios and opened a new studio near Oakland, California.
The studio features an atrium, meeting rooms, cafes, social areas and more. While it was first viewed as excessive, workers soon realized that they had full access to an appropriate space that allowed them to collaborate and exchange creative ideas.
It was clear that Jobs had an understanding of the importance of workplace community and how the office itself plays a role in curating that.
However, in wake of the ongoing pandemic, people have been left with no choice but to retreat to their homes for the time being.
Research has found this to be detrimental to overall wellbeing, with 40% of British workers saying that working from home made them miss every day office banter.
While it is unclear when we’ll be able to enjoy socializing with our colleagues again, leaders can still take the steps needed to nurture community when working from home that goes beyond meeting up for Zoom happy hours.
Flexible offices provide the ideal solution to this problem as companies do not have to take out long-term leases and can allow their employees to gather for meetings or collaboration.
Using these fully-equipped workspaces provides workers the ability to congregate in a safe, secure office, while still enjoying the perks of remote working.