More and more these days people are talking about their work space, sharing pictures of it, comparing it to others, dreaming for how they would decorate if they could, asking for more privacy, mocking cubicles, striving to make it more creative or less disruptive (depending on the day), but does any of this make coming to work any less… well, work?
Recently Fast Company posted an article describing the new office space for VF Company (which houses a multitude of brands such as Wrangler, The North Face, and 7 for all mankind) that is currently in development in the bay area. It includes a fresh vegetable garden, gym, outdoor patio, bike shop, and employees are hoping to gain kayak access to the bay just outside the office walls. In my opinion though, the most interesting feature is that it is designed ‘Inside-out’ meaning the executive’s offices are in the middle with other employees getting work space by the windows, opening windows at that.
For me this article begs the question, do you really need to love where you work if you love what you do? Is the end goal to make work feel as comfortable as home, does that really ensure productivity? Now don’t get me wrong, I love our office and I love perks. I love the location, the brick walls, large windows, and beer in the fridge but none of that can make a bad day better. It is still work. Loving my industry that is what makes a bad day better, that is what makes the line between work and play just a little bit blurry.
I say find a job where you’d show up every day in a dirty alley you love it so much, and then kick enough ass to help the company build their first on site yoga studio. Life is too long to not love what you do.