Technology is disrupting the old 9-to-5. No one punches in anymore. And no one punches out. Instead we appear to be on call 24/7, answering emails after dinner with friends and writing a proposal on the way to the “office.” We text all the time: with bosses, with friends, with potential colleagues. In this gig economy, every encounter is a networking opportunity.
Given all that, you could opt out of an office altogether and genuinely make your home your office. At The Austin, we’ve designed a few places that inspire creativity, foster networking or just leave you to your own devices (literally—there’s wifi throughout). The lobby lounge is the obvious work hub, where multiple seating options abound and hip yet relaxing music is piped throughout the space. A landscaped courtyard with a Zen-like ambiance adds an outdoor-office option to residents. The front desk acts as a concierge desk should a courier or lunch delivery arrive, and there’s coffee (and sometimes wine) flowing.
On sunny days, the roof deck beckons. What were dinner tables the night before become conference tables by day, with a fireplace to keep everyone cozy. Or you can settle into an oversized chair in a corner and be alone with the fresh bay air and your laptop. Write that first draft, then clear your head by riding your bike (otherwise stored in the lobby bike room) through the Presidio. Your office will always be waiting for you when you get home.