Amsterdam-based design studio Heldergroen has introduced the concept of a ‘disappearing office’, an effort to reinforce a stronger work-life balance for its employees. At 6pm, desks are lifted into the ceiling using a key-operated lifting mechanism and steel ceiling cables. Computers, stationary and paperwork are left in their exact positions for the morning, leaving employees no choice but to step away from their work. Once the desks have been lifted the office space is available for employees to use however they like, as long as it’s not work related ie; yoga, dancing, or even throwing a party.
At 6pm, desks are lifted into the ceiling using a key-operated lifting mechanism and steel ceiling cables
Although the ‘disappearing office’ is unlikely to catch on anytime soon, it’s a great way to stop working. Heldergroen is not alone. Some of the world’s largest companies are also taking initiatives to promote a healthy work-life balance. Google recently ranked highly in a work-life balance survey conducted by Indeed.com and Forbes. It was praised for its on-site healthcare, travel assurance and emergency assistance, extended time off and financial assistance following child birth, tuition reimbursement for job-related coursework and free or discounted legal advice and services. LinkedIn told CNBC that work is banned in their offices once a month, and employees are encouraged to partake in fun group activities. Other companies also told CNBC they were adopting unconventional methods to improve work life balance. The Dutch design company’s idea has certainly got people thinking!!