The confusion is clear, as reflected in the “No jab, no job” from a large plumbing contractor article that hit headlines here in the UK. In most industries, legal teams are in panic mode for precedents that protect the organization from violating human rights. Now it’s even more of a liability than it was before lockdown.
What’s getting lost in the confusion is addressing, now that we’re coming back, what is the new normal of office life? The utility of the studio has been replaced by a cozy corner at the home office, broadband attached to Zoom, and a much better kitchen.
How do you create balance?
At the Mighty Shed, we’ve decided offices and studios are the anchor to our organization, but maybe not in the best ways for today’s world. We realized, this underperforming asset was holding us back in our efforts for change, and to address the overall personal health for our workers.
In typical Shed way—imagine then action—we’ve organized three “Need Spaces” where offices can earn their keep, each equipped with quiet and active intentions.
- Quiet: coming together for discussions that supplant the Zoom meeting, talks with health experts, meetings over lunch or late afternoon bites
- Active: improvisation, creative play, new tech experiments like virtual reality rooms
- Quiet: points of concentration, professional atmosphere for client meetings, corners for sensitive subject meetings.
- Active: Focus on energy, where creative production logistics arrangements can be used as starting coordinates for outside teams.
- Quiet: meditation area, yoga rooms, chair massage, environments for 20-minute naps
- Active: Expert meet ups like instructors, advice givers, possibly even neuroscientists to make us smarter
In addition to a much smaller footprint, our creative spaces must include two, high-level functions: improving mental and physical health. If lockdown has taught us one thing, it’s that we could have been better prepared for mind, body and spirit of the people who work so hard to make our business run.
And, our clients are just like us, we can argue their good health helps their company’s targets, so they will be welcomed to find a different kind of creative space. Our offices will not only have to satisfy us, but will, hopefully, satisfy the welfare of others.
So, offices, employers, people willing to change, this is where you can step up to provide physical and mental nourishment for the great march onward. We are a demanding bunch, hungry for something different, so don’t disappoint us!