The average Australian spends a staggering 30 per cent of his or her life at work, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, so it’s perfectly logical that most of us would prefer employment somewhere that feels comfortable and – harder to define – where the general atmosphere is diverse and interesting.
Luckily, workplaces don’t have to be only about the work that is performed there. If there’s a sense of community in the whole building, everybody benefits – tenants, employees, bosses, neighbouring businesses and visitors. With a community manager or concierge in place, an office hub can be a thriving community, and creating the hub can lead to staff retention and happy customers all round.
The judgment from workers is positive. Comments from staff in one CBD community hub: “There’s a change to the vibe in the building, and there’s a definite sense of community now, it’s awesome!” A keen yogi begs: “Keep the fun stuff coming.”
It’s become more common for commercial property developers to try to create a more lively ambience in their buildings. They’ve started to provide group activities, or just space for special events that people from neighbouring organisations can attend.
Those large, impressive-looking lobby areas aren’t suitable only for foot traffic and front of house staff. They make terrific venues for fitness classes, or perhaps something a bit cuter, like a pop-up adoption day.
Yes, it’s true and it’s been done: RSPCA pop-up adoptions, during which bundles of cute puppies and kittens were displayed in all their gorgeous glory looking for forever homes, have brought smiles and cuddles to entrance spaces. And, of course, resulted in some very happy families.