Lounges are growing in popularity in modern working environments
Be it the move away from fixed workstations, digital nomads or co-working spaces – here at the Klöber Blog we have been addressing changing office environments for quite some time now. Today we would like to turn our attention to a seating possibility that is increasing pulling employees into the office rather than driving them out: the lounge.
In our digital age, desktop computers, cabled phones and fax machines have long since lost their primacy in state-of-the-art office environments. Instead, they have made way for laptops, smartphones and email, which have made it possible to work more flexibly and independently of any one location. Many employees have taken advantage of this freedom to do (a large) part of their work in a home office, café or – thanks to wireless data – even under a shady tree in the park. Yet something that may sound ideal at first has one very real disadvantage in actual practice: communication suffers.
Irreplaceable: face-to-face communication
Communication via email or by phone is more impersonal than talking to one another when both parties are in the same room, because the interpretation of gestures and facial expressions is extremely important – not only for recognising that something has been said in jest, but also for recognising when something has not been properly understood. Experience has also shown that brainstorming is more successful when participants are sitting around a table together instead of in separate locations. While instant messaging services that offer video conferencing capabilities such as Skype and WhatsApp may help from time to time, they have not fully established themselves as part of the working day for home office workers.
This poses the question: how can employers begin drawing more of their employees into the office without resorting to finger-waving or admonishments?
Creating incentives: the lounge as a popular meeting place
I think that anyone who spends eight or more hours a day in an office would like to enjoy a sense of well-being. Employees need an environment that is inviting and which is also suitable for a variety of situations. Be it the aforementioned group brainstorming or status meetings with colleagues – occasions such as these do not have to take place at one’s desk or in spartan meeting rooms. A comfortable lounge with armchairs and sofas with a matching table is subconsciously reminiscent of one’s own home – it is an open information to stay for a while, and it creates a venue for communication. At Klöber we have also long been familiar with the advantages of such working lounges and business lounges, and we are pleased to be presenting the Tasso 2.0 programme in 2017.
The new Tasso 2.0 programme is an inviting place to spend some time – including at our company headquarters in Owingen.
This elegant upholstered collection consists of two sofas, an armchair and a matching side table – and its premium workmanship is nothing short of amazing.
Fine design, select high-quality materials and the generously-proportioned backrest and seat upholstery of this furniture collection are key factors for ensuring well-being, transforming the lounge into a true all-rounder.
Comfortable and distinguished – Tasso 2.0 is ideal not only for waiting areas, but also as an internal meeting place. Business premises couldn’t be any more contemporary.
Different, but irreplaceable: the office of the future
When it comes to innovative forms of working, new spatial possibilities are but one aspect. Jörg Bakschas, a consultant who’s an expert in the ‘future of work’, has been studying this issue closely. According to him: “A great deal will change in the office of tomorrow, and the entire company culture will be called into question.”
An interview with Jörg Bakschas will soon be appearing here on our blog.