Many have written about what the office will look like now that remote working has solidified itself as part of work operations.
One Wall Street Journal essay explored the idea of transforming large offices into “clubhouses” or other types of social spaces.
Many companies have already acknowledged this necessary shift and started incorporating new amenities to make the office a place workers want to be in. Adding new experiences such as yoga studios, game rooms, cafes, and more to offices has become increasingly popular.
The essay discusses why it’s important to focus these offerings on creating social interactions.
Many workers already know they can complete their toughest tasks from the comfort of their home. What’s missing is the camaraderie and collaboration that remote working can’t provide.
Informal interactions and watercooler talk are the missing puzzle piece of a fully connected workforce. However, this element of the workplace has been lost in the fog that is the pandemic.
Now, employers are taking it even further by providing amenities that address the needs of workers’ daily lives, such as daycare facilities, dry cleaners, coffee shops, restaurants, and more.
However, while this may be helpful for those working outside of major cities, is a large campus necessary for those living within urban centers?
Perhaps the better idea is finding these clubhouses in a space where multiple companies and industries are connecting, similar to what one would see at a coworking space.