From Dark to Light… Bring Life

As we all, I think, are feeling a little bit more freedom in our lives these days, enjoying the beautiful Canadian summer days, hopefully taking some vacation, and begin to enjoy some semblance of social interaction in sharing a meal with a friend at a recently reopened local restaurant or similar, our moods and minds have hopefully lightened since the dark days of March and April.

While I for one, recognize we are not out of the tunnel quite yet and that the tunnel is longer than I had originally hoped for certainly, I did start thinking about the “light”…  and so I thought I’d share some design visuals to help any of you that are thinking about how to bring life to indoor space as the fall months approach and we begin possibly to consider moving inside and/or back to an office space that has been standing empty for some time. Well designed lighting solutions can literally reduce the darkness and create life in space. 

Lighting design, for any space whether commercial offices, residential/homes, home offices, educational institutions or whatever, is often overlooked and can really be the key to creating inspiring spaces for living and working. Check out these visuals and hopefully get inspired to bring light into your tunnel.

    

The waiting is the hardest part…

In the immortal and legendary words of Tom Petty, our current situation is so aptly described. Our good friends at Raw Signal Group shared a newsletter with us that we think is worth including here as it really speaks to workjoy™ from a leadership perspective.

Click on the lyrics to see their latest newsletter recognizing an amazing opportunity for us all to ‘run the tapes’!

Mette’s Tips for Creating workjoy™@home

I think, truly, we are living in a history textbook these days. I have been amazed at how well so many have been able to transition productively to a work-from-home (WFH) environment; temporarily at least! We may finally be seeing “the end of WFH prejudice”1 and a paradigm shift that will eventually bring more work-life balance.

In the video, we are sharing a simple 7-step formula for those with enough space at home for a dedicated home office.

Here we’re hoping to help the MANY still grappling with creating a workspace at home not just to maintain their sanity but to thrive and gain inspiration while being productive at home. Homes are not designed to be workspaces and we know not everyone can carve out a dedicated space for work within their home. Stay tuned for a follow up video on creating space and workjoy™@home when, like most, a workspace cannot be separated from personal space.

On a broader note, there are some challenges and speed bumps ahead of us all and the data available is sparse on the long-term health and productivity of our WFH staff. The office btw is by no means dead despite some obituaries in the media. As we all strive to some extent to retain a more flexible work life in the months and years ahead, we’re excited to be launching our workjoy™ program in addressing the acute need for organizations big and small to address a more flexible approach to workspace.

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1 https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/careers/management/article-changed-changing-and-will-change-adapting-to-our-new-and-ever

Alternative Seating, Flexible Spaces in Workplace Design

Keep your workspaces dynamic with alternative seating. It’s important to have a flexible space that allows you to unplug the laptop and change positions during the day.

This is especially important if you need to do some creative thinking or focused problem solving. The change in position and/or scenery is sure to inspire!