Imagine if your office could decide when you start and stop working.
It might sound like a strange idea, but a company in The Netherlands is already working on the technology to make it a reality. Amsterdam-based design studio Heldergroen has introduced the concept of a “disappearing office” that attempts to strengthen the work-life balance of its employees.
At exactly 6 p.m. every day, desks are lifted into the ceiling via steel cables. Your work, computer, notes and all possibility of overtime, lift away with it. Here’s where the idea gets really neat, though: The now-empty office space becomes available for other, non-work related activities.
“We are able to pull the tables up into the ceiling and make the whole room into a dance floor, yoga studio, trend session, networking reception, or anything else you can think of–the floor is literally yours,” Sander Veenendaal, creative director for Heldergroen Creative, the firm that owns the studio, told business publication Fast Company.
But for anyone who thinks this technology could make people less productive in the long run, studies have found that most employees are only productive for 70 per cent of the time anyway. Additionally, a survey by Salary.com found that 69 per cent of employees admitted to wasting time at work every day in 2013. Less certainly seems to be more, when it comes to the ol’ 9-5.
Now if only we could invent something to make our actual work disappear…