For many, work-life balance is often touted but rarely achieved. It can be difficult to stop all work right at your designated quitting time when the emails keep rolling in to your smartphone and you are accessible at all times. But what if your desk literally disappeared to signal the end of the work day?
Amsterdam-based design studio Heldergroen has introduced the concept of a ‘disappearing office’, an effort to reinforce a stronger work-life balance for its employees, lifestyle publication TrendHunter reported last week.
At 6pm, desks are lifted into the ceiling using a key-operated lifting mechanism and steel ceiling cables. Computers, stationary and paperwork are left in their exact positions for the morning, leaving employees no choice but to step away from their work.
Once the desks have been lifted the office space is available for employees to use however they like, as long as it’s not work related.
“We are able to pull the tables up into the ceiling and make the whole room into a dance floor, yoga studio, trend session, networking reception, or anything else you can think of–the floor is literally yours,” Sander Veenendaal, creative director for Heldergroen Creative, the firm that owns the studio, told business publication Fast Company.
Now, how cool is that?
Unfortunately this is not a reality for so many people, so here are a few ways WebMD suggests on how to achieve work-life balance on your own terms.