In a previous article, we declared that the work-life balance is a thing of the past and that businesses will soon have to adjust to the work-flex requirements of Generation Y. This doesn’t mean, of course, that balancing one’s work and leisure hours will become any less important. On the contrary, the work-life balance will continue to be a significant issue for employees and companies alike. It is simply the case that clear boundaries between one’s professional and private life are no longer particularly realistic in the digital age.
Offices of the future will also adapt to these new circumstances; in fact, there are already a number of workplaces that have long ceased to resemble the traditional office of the past and instead look more like private living rooms or spa retreats. For digital nomads, coworking spaces have sprung up in metropolises across the globe, while those working from home can make the most of garden offices – spots that could hardly be more practical or appealing. We especially like these office trends of the future:
Coworking spaces are communal offices rented predominantly by freelancers, start-ups and creative types. Such venues for temporary coworking can now be found in virtually all the big cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland; Berlin, for example, even has a few hundred.
The KantoorKaravaan project hails from the Netherlands, and offers office and conference rooms in attractive natural settings. It hires out office space either outdoors and/or in renovated caravans. But it’s not just nature-loving freelancers who can book a workspace with KantoorKaravaan; companies too can rent KantoorKaravaan for workshops, seminars or work weeks.