Offices becoming entertainment hubs as businesses woo staff back to work

Aussie businesses are transforming their offices into comfort zones as staff return to work – bringing with them a new era of office quirks. COVID has changed the way many people experience their working life at the office. Offices are no longer just places of work, they have become comfort zones with break-out areas, fully stocked kitchens, pet havens and even places to hold extracurricular learning activities like cooking, dancing and language classes.

At our coworking and private office spaces, we are seeing many businesses introducing amazing perks and offerings to ensure their staff enjoy coming back into the office, socialise and have lots of fun. @WORKSPACES is Australia’s leading premium brand of coworking and private offices and it is continuing to open new offices across the country in suburban areas.

What are the latest trends sweeping Aussie offices?

These include office hubs which offer micro offices for businesses seeking smaller agile office working spaces by business services and other facilities including instant IT, meeting rooms, reception areas, kitchens, and more. Thanks to COVID, we are accelerating our expansion plans and fast-tracking the build of new @WORKSPACES sites across the country.

Aussies are happy to go back to work provided work is near home and the workplace is enjoyable. As a result, we are seeing some amazing office trends emerging. Offices are no longer just places of work, they are community and social hubs where people can enjoy life and have fun. They are now comfort zones where staff relax, learn, socialise and unwind.

Stocked kitchens

One of the biggest trends we are seeing is a move towards fully stocked kitchens in the office. Aussie workers have developed a penchant for stocked kitchens with a broad array of pantry and refrigerated foods and drinks. Workers like being able to make their own lunch and experiment with different coffees and teas. While working from home, they lived with a refrigerator nearby so they want to continue this convenience while working at the office.

Businesses are having to kick their kitchens up a level. Many office spaces now have pantry items, breakfast cereals, fresh bread and pastries delivered daily, an assortment of sandwich fillings and a great coffee machine with an extensive range of blends and teas on offer too.

Comfortable lounge areas

Another trend sweeping offices across the country is the desire for comfortable lounge areas. More than ever, workers want to be able to take breaks and lounge around in comfort in an area away from their desk. Break out areas have evolved to become lounge areas where staff can sit back in comfort, relax, watch TV, read a book and catch up with work friends.

Cards and board games

Physical games are making a come-back across the office. Workers are enjoying playing games such as cards, Cluedo, Trivial Pursuit and Rummikub. Some businesses are even having Friday games afternoons where staff can participate in games tournaments as teams.

Staff are opting to play games during lunch rather than go to the shops. With interest rates and price rises hitting people’s wallets, staying in is a cheap way to enjoy your lunch hour.

Cooking classes

Cooking classes are also trending. Many have asked for cooking lessons at lunch time so they can learn a new skill. Businesses are holding cooking classes every month and bringing in cooking instructors to teach workers how to cook pizza, pasta, Thai, Japanese, etc.

It is a fantastic idea and one that not only helps staff to learn new skills but it also brings people together to have fun. Workplaces are now much more than just places of work, they are social hubs where people can enjoy themselves, develop friendships and have fun.

Jenny Folley is the founder and CEO of @WORKSPACES, Australia’s leading premium brand of coworking and private office spaces with offices across the country and overseas.