In the wake of the pandemic, some workplaces are finding innovative ways to adapt to the changing work culture.
A video on TikTok gained a lot of attention after a user gave a tour of her company’s Missouri headquarters, which has a unique setup.
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The company found a way to combine the benefits of both remote work and traditional office space.
Kylie, a TikTok user, showcased a workplace that appeared to resemble a film set.
One noticeable feature is the row of tiny suburban-style houses.
The tiny houses feature doors, windows, and even sloped roofs.
The warehouse site was utilized to allow for such a floor plan to be laid out in the office.
The concept received immediate popularity among online users.
Instead of walking down rows of cubicles, people walk down a row of tiny houses.
Instead of traditional cubicles, employees work out of the mini houses, and instead of walking down rows of cubicles, they walk down “sidewalks” leading from one house to another.
To respect each other’s privacy, employees knock on doors like neighbors instead of barging into desks.
There are also communal spaces such as a barn that houses the pantry and restrooms, as well as a park featuring hammocks, benches, and a fountain.
The entire area is adorned with turf grass, picket fences, and plant boxes, creating a miniature world within the office space.
In addition to providing privacy, the “mini houses” also promote individual creativity and self-expression.
In the video, one can easily spot a bright pink “castle house” which belongs to the company owner’s wife, who is also an employee.
When the TikTok user peeked through the windows, it was evident that people were not just decorating their desks, but their entire workspaces too. Instead of just having desk photos, there were full-on gallery paintings hanging on the walls.
Kylie, the TikTok user, enhanced her workspace by adding small ottomans to flank her windows. She also incorporated a Nordic-style end table and a rustic rug to divide the space for work and play.
The comment section of her videos was flooded with people expressing their admiration.
One comment said, “I would love to tell a coworker to get out of my house.”
“I would actually get up excited to go to work, skipping along to my little house,” another comment said.
One comment in the TikTok user Kylie’s video received a response from her, “I’m going to start saying ‘I have a second home in the city’ now. It sounds so fancy.”
Companies need to consider innovative ways to engage their workforce as the global market trends continue to shift.
Forbes’ article highlights that adaptability and flexibility are likely to be recurring themes in the future of work.
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As digital nomads become more prevalent and the workforce becomes more globalized, companies must acknowledge the possibility that remote work will become a permanent fixture.
By embracing remote work and implementing digital solutions, companies can save on real estate costs and tap into a larger pool of talented individuals.
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Regardless of the circumstances, we can all acknowledge that this Missouri-based company is making an effort to ensure the happiness of its employees. Even though they are not working remotely, they are certainly working in a comfortable environment akin to home.