One hundred thousand; it’s a big number and it’s approximately how many hours Joe Average spends at work in a lifetime*.
You can see why it’s worth organisations investing time,
thought and money in creating a working environment that supports and
encourages productivity as much as possible; it makes financial sense.
After all, if you’re cooped up in a little cubicle staring at padded
grey dividers with no interaction or stimulation, how much are you going
Of course some industries — particularly the creative ones —
believe a fun environment will help spark conversations and
collaboration, encourage people to be playful and, crucially, generate
great ideas. It’s also a great way to impress clients and help with
talent retention and recruitment.
Fancy doing your thinking in a tree house? Or taking the
slide down to your meeting — a meeting that’ll take place round a picnic
bench on artificial grass. Oh, mind you don’t bump into the plastic,
life-size llama… Creativity-inspiring environments range from realistic
skies painted on the ceiling to a padded cell where you can vent your
frustrations (and it happens to have great acoustics for conference
calls) and on to an indoor pier complete with beach hut work spaces.
This may all be a little far-fetched for the standard working
environment, but the principle of crafting an individual’s surroundings
to promote productivity is a sound one. But it’s not all disco tunnels
and juke boxes, it still comes down to how people interact. In fact
innovation consultant, Matt Kingdon believes it’s better to create a
space or opportunities that encourage colleagues and different teams to
bump into each other because it’s this interaction that triggers
innovative and productive thinking (BBC News Magazine, 2013).
That’s why at Eurest we take great care in our workplace
restaurants to create an atmosphere and surroundings that encourage your
people to take a break, when they can get the nourishment they need to
do a great job for you and get stimulation from mingling with
There’s a good chance that your company’s next great idea may occur over a workplace restaurant table near you.
*Well the estimate is actually 97,464 hours for someone
working an average eight hour day, five days a week from the age of 18
BBC News Magazine (2013) ’10 bizarre objects found in ‘cool’
offices’ BBC News Magazine 16 December 2013 [online]
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25355618 (Accessed 17 December