Next stop: an office in Heusden-Zolder. At Elan Languages, to be exact.
Elan Languages is a language service provider. They offer language training, translations, and interpreting. And Vlaai.
Just like rom-coms, clichés are often dismissed, but they actually hold a lot of truth.
Like the one that Limburgians are the most hospitable of all. The good people of ELAN Languages certainly lived up to that cliché. As soon as I entered the office they greeted me like a long-lost colleague. I got a tour of the workspace and was seated at one of their coworking desks. Very welcoming.
What’s remarkable is that I immediately got offered a piece of Vlaai, which is a local pie. Of course, I accepted. Pie for breakfast. A great way to start the day. I’m sure it has some health benefits.
But, Elan Languages has a lot more to offer than pastry.
First: the unique surroundings. Their office is located on a large square in an old secluded mining site in Heusden-Zolder. You’ll love it unless you’re agoraphobic. The site has been turned into a hub of both public service institutions and groundbreaking startups. The place oozes energy and innovation. And it’s easy to reach by public transport, by bike or by car.
Second: the interior design. The lounge area with colorful bucket seats and comfy rug make for an inspiring meeting space. Or a take-your-off-shoes-grab-a-cup-of-coffee-put-your-feet-up-and-relax area. Their surprisingly cozy open plan office fits Elan Languages’ go-getter culture like a glove. It’s designed to enable networking and collaboration. So freelancers, business developers, innovators rejoice.
Third: their private offices. One word: marvelous. In lots of words: They induce focus. Your getting-stuff-done-o-meter will burst. The neo-industrial design paired with large windows and high ceilings will get you going. The softness of the chairs complements the sleekness of the rest of the office.
Fourth: Elan Languages’ eagerness to network and share. They all make a point of welcoming you and putting you at ease. I wasn’t merely a guest, I felt like an actual part of their team. That’s what makes them truly special. Not only because of the fuzzy feeling you get, but because it increases your productivity and your work happiness tremendously.
Here’s how Johan Noël put it:
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to spend a day, a month or more at Elan Languages’ office in Heusden-Zolder. It’s a five out of five experience.