With technology and working styles evolving, so too are offices. To be fit for the future, offices must become spaces focused on human interaction and flexibility.
Offices are changing, but they are still a central environment where employees come together to share and generate ideas, often serving as the glue that holds an organisation together. The result is more emphasis on open plan, communal spaces, afterall a happy employee is a productive one.
Creating the right environment for wellness is also extremely important. Gone are the days when you were sat at your desk, told what to do and expected to get on with it. Now, it is essential that the specific needs of employees are listened to.
While getting this right can be complex, some seemingly mundane factors such as comfort, lighting and temperature play their part in improving wellness in the office and a little thought in this area goes a long way to driving benefit for an employer. Whatever the exact future of the office, it is without question that the need for human contact to discuss and generate ideas will not diminish.
Do you know the hardest working country?
Would you have guessed it is Mexico? The average citizen of the Central American country works 2,255 hours a year, or a little over 43 hours a week.
In second place is Costa Rica, often described as the world’s happiest country; South Korea, Greece and Chile complete the top five.
The average Briton works 1,676 hours a year, or the equivalent of around 32 hours per week. Also enjoying plenty of downtime are citizens of The Netherlands, Norway, Denmark and France. Germans work 1,363 hours annually (which equates to around 26 hours a week).