Two years ago, the IT company Tieto moved its headquarters to the new Keilalahti Campus administration building (in the city of Espoo in southern Finland). Since then they have built it up into one of the smartest offices in Scandinavia. Up to eight thousand sensors watch literally every employee’s trajectories. According to the vision laid out in the promotional video, very soon workdays will be organized through a special mobile app—it will show you the best route to work, automatically open the garage door, make your favorite latte even before you step out of the elevator, and automatically turn on your computer when you walk up to it... “The way we work today has changed dramatically from even a few years ago. Driven by new technology, people have greater expectations than ever before when it comes to their working life - they expect it to be as flexible as their personal life,” decribes Patrik Etelävuori, Head of Concepts and Innovations - Facilities at Tieto.
Back in 2015 Daniel Puglisi, a Swiss designer and web developer, just finished setting up his own “minimalist" home office desk and he was curious about how other people set up their personal workspaces. “But after some quick Google searches I didn’t came across anything useful. So I decided to take things into my own hands,” he said. That's the origin of DeskHunt.com - a website where inspirational workspaces meet stories about focus, ergonomics and self improvement. “I’m on a journey on finding the most inspirational desks and people behind them,” describes Daniel. Take a look at some of desks (mostly home offices) where freelancers work! See more of them at www.producthunt.com.
Winter is more than just Christmas and fun in the snow. It’s also a time with lots of flus, colds, and other infectious diseases. The flu virus, for example, revels in winter, so from November to March it experiences an annual comeback in our hemisphere. And as we all know, there’s always that one co-worker who just won’t take an illness as a reason to lie at home in bed. He heads off to work as a loudly groaning hero and passes his infection on among his teammates. How can you defend yourself?
The administrative building located between St Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England in London is quite likely Europe’s most environmentally friendly administrative building. The newly completed European headquarters for the FinTech and data company Bloomberg was given a rating of Outstanding (98.5% out of a maximum of 100%) by the BREEAM assessors, who rank projects on their environmental, social, and economic sustainability. The building is designed to use 73% less water and 35% less energy than a standard office building. For example, the ceiling panels are covered in 500,000 energy-saving LEDs. “We believe that environmentally friendly practices are as good for business as they are for the planet,” said Bloomberg’s founder Michael Bloomberg.
The year 2017 brought five times more administrative centers than there were built in a previous year. According to KPMG Czech Republic there were only 33.000 square metres of new offices finished in 2016. "We assume that in 2017 and in 2018 the numbers will get back to a usual level of 160.000 square metres per year," said Pavel Kliment from KPMG CZ. Take a look at some new office buildings being built in 2017 mainly in Prague.
The second part of neverending series presenting things that you can find in every office. Check what you know about an electric kettle! What is the iconic K2? What is iKettle? And what is the fastest kettle in the world?