Focus on interior design

2015-06-04

Do you feel that life moves a little too fast at work sometimes? You are not alone. Kinnarps has taken a look at a survey published in the American magazine, Forbes. It concludes that three quarters of all office workers would like a private place to retreat to now and then.

We are expected to be available all the time and multitasking has become a watchword. Whilst talking on the phone you are looking at a report on the computer and mouthing to a colleague to bring you a cup of coffee. Eventually, of course, it goes too far and you start dropping all the balls you are trying to juggle.

Working from home is not the solution either - at least not in the long term. Because those spontaneous meetings at the coffee machine are also important. That kind of group dynamic cannot be matched by any technological solution. However, what is clear from the survey in Forbes is the need for private spheres at work, where it is quiet and calm and we can concentrate. Fifty five percent state that, for example, they can rarely complete a task without being interrupted. 

Do you recognise this scenario? It can be disruptive having someone walk behind you with a view of your screen and what you are writing, can't it? And what can you do about noisy colleagues who tell you about the weekend's adventures when you are trying to focus?

As is often the case when it comes to workplace issues, the answer is well though-out interior design, which takes into account the fact that during a normal working day we go through different phases of concentration. Sometimes we need to be alone and work, other times we can sit together and carry out routine tasks or relax with our colleagues. So how can a workplace like this be achieved?

Kinnarps' answer to this is called Next Office Activity Based Working, and is a comprehensive solution which takes into account the physical and the digital environment but also the actual organisation.