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Let’s catch up; I’ll meet you by the llama

Eurest | Understanding you |  25 February 2014

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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 to achieve? 

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 colleagues. 

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 to 65. 

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 2013). 

 

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