Having employees enjoying and being proud of their workplace or clients walking into your office for a meeting and being awed at how superb your office is; priceless.
First impression is always the most important part of any interaction and it is the same for the office environment. A great workplace environment can create a positive company culture and the key to a great office idea are the layout and the design of the office. Here, we have explored the different companies and looked into their office ideas that reflect their company values within their office layout and design.
Artillery is an architecture company founded in 1987 and has offices in London, Dubai and Melbourne. The practice works on workplace, retail, hospitality and residential projects. They provide architecture, interior design, space planning, and advice on socially responsible and sustainable design, product and furniture design services.
Artillery Architecture & Interior Design have an open plan office. Similar to The Honest Company, they have an appealing “office rules” feature wall containing motivational words and phrases with a little humorous phrases such as ‘criminalise decaf’ and ‘the boss is always right’.
Another company that has a wonderful office idea is Benefit Cosmetics. Benefit Cosmetics is a manufacturer of cosmetics founded and headquartered in San Francisco, California. They were founded in 1976 by twins Jean and Jane Ford. Initially a beauty boutique, the shop specialised in quick-fix products for beauty dilemmas.
To encourage their employees on the different types of product they are selling, they incorporated witty quotes on their office wall in Chelmsford, England. Quotes and one-line phrases can be seen in their office to boost the spirits of their employees at work.
GSD&M is an advertising agency headquartered in Austin, Texas, United States. They encourage staff to personalize their work spaces in the extreme. Having regular photo shoots for pictures that go on the office name plates of staff, which they encourage people to set up to reflect something important to them outside of work.
They firmly believe that respecting the total person at work adds to their culture & their creativity. One of their office ideas include a stone flooring of their core values carved on it and this can be found at their central rotunda.
The Honest Company is a consumer goods company, co-founded by the well-known actress Jessica Alba. They emphasise on non-toxic household products to supply the marketplace for ethical consumerism and are highly regarded for its eco-friendly products.
The Honest Company headquarters is based in Santa Monica, California and they are definitely proud of their company culture. Their office ideas include a ‘tree of life,’ with a picture of each Honest Company employee branching out from the four founders. Another section of their office is a wall with the company’s manifesto printed on it; motivating their employees every day.
Shutterfly is an internet-based image publishing service based in Redwood City, California. Founded in 1999, Shutterfly started off by selling photo book and they brunched out to other products such as calendars, cards and even home décor.
In the office of Shutterfly in Santa Clara California, Shutterfly upgraded their office and has their wall surfaces mounted throughout the office to provide a greater opportunity for teams collaborate on the fly and showcase current work. This gives their employees a sense of pride in the work they have done and inspire others on the project that they are currently working on. It encourages employee motivation at the work place.
Their hallway is also decorated with great wall prints with words of wisdom and motivational quotes to inspire employees, giving them a positive work environment.
If your company is an artistic company and has a creative culture, you would want to cultivate art works and pieces in your office design. You would want to create a sense of the great outdoors inside; just like Threadless.
Based in Chicago, Threadless is an online community of artists and an e-commerce website that prints your design on a t-shirt. Their designs are created by and voted by an online community. Their offices and warehouse are filled with colourful murals which encourages creativity among the employees.
WeWork is an American company which provides shared workspace, community, and services for entrepreneurs, freelancers, start-ups and small businesses. Founded in 2010, WeWork had 29 co-working locations all around the world. WeWork designs and builds physical and virtual communities in which entrepreneurs share space and office services and have the opportunity to work together.
As WeWork is a company that provides shared workspaces for start-ups and small businesses, their office ideas and layout include quotes and signage on the wall that encourages their clients in achieving their goals.
Office ideas and office design reflect the company’s culture. It is not a doubt that any office design can be an effective step in cultivating the culture among the employees, provided that the desired end results have been clearly defined and the design (or redesign) of the workplace is carefully done to support that outcome.
Good luck in designing your office!