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Café | Multipurpose Spaces

The Café Effect

Inspiration can strike anywhere, and almost anywhere is a suitable workplace these days. With mobile, tech-savvy workers it seems natural that workplace cafés become part of the workspace continuum. Applying intentional design to these spaces can optimize them for both productivity and employee wellbeing. After all, coffee and work are practically inseparable.

For an emerging business with limited real estate, the café might just be a counter. But when seating is added — some barstools or a café table for example — colleagues will anoint it as another place to meet informally, or collaborate outside the normal workspace. Furthermore, when a café provides a selection of seating configurations, groups or pairs of colleagues will use the space in other ways that help them accomplish tasks. Power and technology access further optimizes the value of the real estate. A café can now reinforce an organization’s culture in a hybrid social/work space. It’s good for employees, and that’s good for business.