Whilst the darker nights are starting to draw in, ready for the clocks changing at the end of the month, it made me start to think “where has the last year gone?”
We all know that being exposed to natural daylight can increase productivity, whilst the low winter sun can decrease it. As the restrictions between business and leisure continue to soften, and upon reading in a recent JLL Real Views article that “Workation Retreats” are opening across Europe and the US, it made me start to think – “would it be good to start utilising our local amenities to encourage productivity, enhance research and engage with fellow city workers?”
I strongly believe that working away from your typical environment can increase the flow of those “creative juices”, and being based in the Leeds office myself and my colleagues have one of the UK’s leading retail destinations on our doorstep – a great opportunity to gather insights into shopping habits…the ever-changing world that it is!
Like the vision of Workation Retreats, my view is not to get people to stop interacting internally, but perhaps to implement a policy whereby once a week we can change our working environment from our typical desk day.
The idea being that a change of scenery will encourage new skills and “fine-tune” existing ones, enabling us to study the behaviour of those we try to appeal to day in and day out (all from an office).
After all, as Pelé famously said:
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”