Supercharge Your Office With a Third Place
People spend most of their lives in two places: home and the office. But for socialization, engagement, and entertainment, we seek out a third place where we’re stimulated by those we’re with, the surroundings, and the amenities available. These can be favorite restaurants or bars, coffee shops and cafés, or even parks and outdoor hubs of activity.
These office third places play a crucial role in our lives as they offer opportunities for inner office socialization, engagement, and relaxation outside the confines of home and the office. Whether it’s gathering at favorite restaurants or bars, enjoying the ambiance of coffee shops and cafés, or immersing ourselves in the natural beauty of parks and outdoor hubs, these spaces stimulate us through the company we keep, the environment surrounding us, and the amenities they provide. Third places serve as important social and cultural anchors in our communities, offering a sense of belonging and a break from the routines of daily life.
It’s no surprise, then, that for workers not tethered to an office, they’ve sought out these third places. Particularly, if there’s free wifi–to be inspired and regularly connect with people.
With an average workweek coming in at 47 hours, these external places that help focus and recharge us have become a vital part of the employee economy.
The Third Place: What’s the Attraction?
What does it bring to a worker that the home or office does not provide?
They’re neutral. We have responsibilities at home and at work. While we’re at home, there’s always a to-do list. Whether that entails caring for our families and homes or sending out emails and participating in meetings. The office third place brings with it no expectations or ties to personal obligations. Therefore, effectively knocking down the barriers to free thinking.
Thus unfettered, employees find more inspiration in third places, and ask more “what-if” type questions for effective problem-solving.
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