Doing Deals + Doing Squats + Drinking a Green Juice
We've worked in lots of different types of office settings. An early internship literally took place sitting in what was formerly a walk-in closet. True story. Traditional office layouts to modern open-plan, gleaming, white work stations - you name it, we've worked there. We've even tried shared work-spaces. On that topic, we've noticed a trend at our local gym. People hang out on the couches or in the juice cafe doing work. Then, one of our nearest and dearest forwarded this WSJ piece about gyms increasingly incorporating designated work-space areas into their layout. One of the neatest spaces we found, through online sleuthing, was in Chicago at Brooklyn Boulders - 25,000 ft of climbing space beautifully intermingled with an open-plan co-working area. Pretty sweet.
With luxury gym memberships steadily going up, we would welcome being able to work in the same space where we break a sweat. It could, in our minds, justify the higher membership fees and make the overall work experience happier and more effective. The question is, could you do your conference calls with someone doing dead-lifts in the background? The jury is still out on that one, but maybe you just need a better pair of headphones...
Picture Credit: Brooklyn Boulders, Chicago; shot by Kentaro Yamada