As businesses look to resume operations, health and safety in the workplace is an area of growing concern.As a trailblazer for the future of work in Kenya, Ikigai Nairobi rises to the challenge of creating safe and inspiring workspaces for individuals and businesses.
From the moment you set foot in one of Ikigai Nairobi’s spaces, it is evident, this is not your ordinary office. A large bold logo hangs above the reception signalling the vision for their work environments across the country. Redefining the way we think about the office, Ikigai Nairobi is a collective of biophilic, wellness-focused office spaces that offer private offices, shared workspaces, meeting rooms and event space in Westlands, Lavington, Lower Kabete, and soon, Riverside.
Inspired by the Japanese philosophy of Ikigai, these bold, one-of-a-kind workspaces are designed to support individuals and businesses in their quest to find their reason for being or purpose. As such, every detail in these beautiful workspaces is carefully curated to inspire, motivate, challenge and nurture talent.
Since its inception in November 2016 with a first location in Westlands, Ikigai Nairobi has created exceptional workspaces that nurture connections and foster wellbeing. Founded on the premise that individuals are more creative, productive, and happier outside, each of Ikigai’s work environments brings an element of the outdoors inside. Each of Ikigai’s locations has light streaming in through large windows, an assemblage of plants and greenery – especially at the two locations in Westlands and Lower Kabete which have serene and spacious gardens.
As a business that cultivates and nurtures healthy environments for entrepreneurs and businesses to work, meet and connect; the ongoing health crisis forced it to temporarily close its doors to protect its members and staff. This time was used to reflect,re-strategize, and improve its environment.
During its time away from the office, Ikigai collaborated with 14 global workspace providers from around the globe to form the Workplace Operator Readiness Council (WORC). The council partnered with experts in healthcare, architecture, real estate, design, and engineering to develop guidelines and policies to manoeuvre health and safety in their respective workspaces. To guide other flexible workspace providers and office corporates through this time, the council recently shared the Return-to-Office Playbook, which includes guidelines on the measures that can be implemented to create safe work environments, now and into the future.
On the forefront of wellness at work in Africa, Ikigai recently re-opened and introduced a health and safety brand – Kaizen by Ikigai – to communicate its commitment to health and safety. Some of the measures included restructuring its work environments to allow for physical distancing and encouraging members to work in their tranquil and expansive gardens, intensified cleaning practices, and the transition to low touch environments by incorporating automated systems into their locations. The team at Ikigai mention that the name – Kaizen – is of significance as they intend to continuously improve their practices and strive for the highest standard of health and safety to ensure the wellbeing and safety of their community.
In addition to new health and safety practices, Ikigai is fully prepared to meet the needs that are emerging as individuals and businesses adjust to the new normal. Their membership plans such as the virtual office membership allow for a hybrid setups where individuals can work from home and also an Ikigai location of their choice; their corporate membership which offers businesses the ability to de-densify their current headquarters and offices and their private office membership that is flexible enough to meet the shifting needs of the workplace.
With a fourth location on the horizon, enhanced health and safety practices and a renewed passion to create purpose-driven work environments, the team at Ikigai is optimistic about the future and the opportunities the new normal will bring.