Yes. Google Headquarters in California really is cool.
They’ve even got the electronic toilets I see on a daily basis here in Japan. As well as amazing food. And that’s not even taking the décor and perks into account. Likewise, the New York office is chic, playful and dog-friendly. Hidden in Chelsea Market, they really have it all.
Now on to the less recognized offices that might even be better. My choice may just be the Selgas Cano Office in Spain. Who wouldn’t want to work surrounded by a forest? Napping under a shady tree may not be productive, but sometimes breaks inspire the best ideas when you awake refreshed.
It comes down to this: playful offices, friend or foe? Certainly those with the offices know its benefits, and those with drab, no frills environments save the investment and conserve the seriousness of the workplace.
My opinion? Bring in the toys and swing sets . Nothing good ever comes from being uptight and curtailing creation. Think about it. How often are you struck with a seemingly brilliant idea in the most unusual of places? Chatting with friends at a coffee shop, working out on the gym, playing with kids… all these carefree activities can be inspirational. The best part about encouraging these activities and providing a place in which to relax in the workplace is that, should a brilliant idea strike, employees can get right to work with their office a mere few steps away.
Then there’s also the mind refresher. When you’ve reached boiling point or can’t understand something, the best thing to do is walk away, refresh and return ready to tackle the problem. What better way to refresh than by going down a slide on the second floor? By playing pool in the lounge with coworkers? By grabbing a fruit smoothie at the café counter?
Considering those with cool work environments are some of the top companies in the world, I’m sure there are great results.
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