For a business leader or interior designer to not consider the whole of the potential working population is clearly a missed opportunity. Designing an inclusive environment does not mean focusing on physical differences alone; rather there has to be an equal emphasis on different styles of working as well as on mental health. It is also important to consider that some employers might be sensitive to noise, light and air pollutants.
Thinking about your own workplace, what would make you happier?
Sarah: I would like to have more natural daylight.
Carlo: I would love to take my dog to work – that would make me very happy.
Julie: I would love to have an outdoor space – a terrace or somewhere I could escape to, even in the centre of London.
Fergus: What would make me happier is to know that our people are happy.
Matthew: I would like to see more variety – more frequent change in terms of furniture layout. I would also like to get rid of those bigger screens that create barriers between teams.
Gordon: We’ve recently turned on the music in our office – and that’s certainly made me happy. It’s made a big change for us. You begin to engage more with one another.
Beatriz: Coffee! It would be amazing to have barista coffee – and more plants.
Chris: It’s a difficult question to answer because we’ve just moved into our new space! I suppose I would like to bring more people into the office and be able to host more events in our ground floor space – to showcase the type of work we can do.
Isabelle: Coffee and plants would make me happy. I would, in an ideal world, like a retractable roof – although we have two floors above us! But I would love to be able to work in the sunshine.
Ursula: Reconnecting with my colleagues as friends. I have developed some great friendships here at Task but we are always busy – so I would like to have the time to just sit and chat with those friends.