Offices come in all shapes and sizes, some are vast spaces accommodating thousands of people whilst others are simple makeshift home offices occupying an alcove or an understairs cupboard.
Our upcoming office move has got us thinking about what inspires a work space. Should it reflect your business, your brand or should it just be a working space? What are your priorities when designing an office? What does your office say about you?
For us an office should obviously reflect the kind of work you do, but also show to the visitor how efficient your company is. Co working spaces have become more and more popular influenced by the creative industries and the trend for the more transient technical start ups. With the advent of the internet allowing more people to work remotely, the working population seems to be moving around a lot more. Hot desking has been a twenty first century phenomenon but has that meant a loss of personality in the office as employees are encouraged to work at paperless, impersonal desks? Do paperless, open plan offices make working life easier as people are crowded into small spaces, or do they breed discontent?
Employers have become increasingly aware that providing inspirational work spaces and certain home comforts make for a happier workforce. Small details like a Nespresso machine or a Water dispenser, colour and good LED lighting make all the difference in creating an effective working environment. Taking pride in your office translates to good working practices and productive employees.
We had a look through the internet for images describing how we work today…
We loved this list of the coolest offices around the world, some fantastic spaces.
Opening to much fanfare the London Google office seems to have a little of every thing for their staff – Fun, quirky, corporate and creative. There are quiet break out areas, sporty fun areas for lunchtime breaks but above all it is a visually inspiring building – take the tour here. It would seem the designers have thought of everything!
What kind of space do you work in? We’d love to hear all about it.