The ideal workplace

The ideal workplace

The traditional model of a 9-to-5 office job is rapidly fading, replaced by a growing desire for flexibility, autonomy, and a sense of belonging. So, what would an ideal workplace look like in this evolving landscape? In this article, SolutionLab’s team explores four key elements that could shape the future of work.

Remote and/or hybrid

Mandatory commutes and office cubicles are a thing of the past. The ideal workplace prioritizes a remote (or hybrid) work model, empowering employees to deliver results from anywhere in the world or gather once per week in the office for casual chats, coffee breaks with colleagues, foosball tournaments, and other #solutioning together shared activities. This approach opens opportunities to a diverse talent pool and caters to individual preferences, whether it's the tranquility of a home office or the networking potential of a co-working space. Technology bridges physical distances, helping collaboration and creating a sense of connection despite geographical separation.


Clocking in and out becomes obsolete in an asynchronous work environment. Instead, the focus shifts to results, not rigid schedules. Tasks are completed and communication flows based on individual preferences and time zones. This empowers employees to structure their workday around their personal rhythms, boosting productivity and well-being. Employees can manage their tasks during their own peak energy hours, no matter how unorthodox these may be, without the constraints of fixed meeting times.

Working with nice, compatible people

The ideal workplace allows you to choose whom you collaborate with, fostering meaningful connections with individuals who share your interests, skills, and goals. Project-based teams come together organically, leveraging diverse perspectives and strengths. Work is done alongside inspiring individuals who challenge and elevate your work, creating a truly collaborative and stimulating environment. Last but not least, a good workplace facilitates a genuine, human connection with your colleagues and the reassuring feeling that they will be there for you when you need their assistance.

"Lagom" pay

"Lagom" translates to "just enough" in Swedish, representing a balanced approach to compensation. The main idea here is that you earn as much as you need, (as long as the employee is the one deciding what they need) and not as much as humanly possible. This concept goes beyond traditional salary models, prioritizing a holistic package that values employee well-being and may include various, not easily quantifiable employee benefits such as access to sports facilities, libraries, and mental health professionals.

These four elements represent a shift towards a future of work that empowers individuals, creates connections, and prioritizes well-being. By embracing these principles, organizations can create workplaces that attract and retain talented employees, driving innovation and success in the new world of work.

Stelios Tigkas SolutionLab

Stelios Tigkas

Head of Information Security