The Work­place and Home Merge

March 2015

It was always thought that peo­ple would pre­fer to work from home. How­ev­er, it seems that the work­place is increas­ing­ly becom­ing more like a home with the col­leagues as family. 

Busi­ness trips which can be days or weeks at a time, with col­leagues, often includ­ing bond­ing activ­i­ties. Com­pa­nies such as Google, Face­book and Inno­cent Smooth­ies, cre­ate a home-like relaxed lay­out, try­ing their best to dis­tance them­selves from a tra­di­tion­al work­place envi­ron­ment. In large com­pa­nies the work­place pro­vides pilates, dry clean­ing, mas­sage, GP ser­vices, for­mer­ly asso­ci­at­ed with the home. Many have show­ers and cafes, includ­ing the abil­i­ty to make your own meals. 

Hotel chains, this has been not­ed a long time ago, cre­ate an inte­ri­or that is famil­iar, so again peo­ple feel at home away from home. As peo­ple, how­ev­er, are always away from home, what will in the end con­sti­tute the home. The home becomes a series of notions and ideas, smells per­haps, and rou­tines, many estab­lished in child­hood, but not nec­es­sar­i­ly a phys­i­cal space in which one spends one’s best moments. 

One can, of course also be away from home at home. Work at home, bring the laun­dry away, use the home as an office and have meet­ings at home. Basi­cal­ly, we can con­clude that home and work have merged? 

So why are their no spaces for the home­less­ness at night? Can’t the home­ly work­places con­tribute beds at night?