What service desk worker isn’t convinced that if their bosses just did away with the cubicles and boring decor their work would improve? Certainly, if given access to games and toys, and comfy chairs (even access to a window would help), productivity would soar to glorious heights! This is, in fact, proven to be true.
Before you dash to your boss’ office to reveal your newly discovered goldmine, take a few minutes to gather ideas for boosting the fun … um, performance … at your workplace.
Google Workers Get Down
In case working for one of the coolest and most successful businesses on planet earth isn’t enough, Google workers around the world are treated to various and sundry funscapes to boost their creativity, improve their job satisfaction, and simply have some workplace fun. In the Zurich offices, workers spend their days in beehive-shaped “cubicles” but unlike cube-shaped cubicles, these are outfitted with comfy couches, decorative throw pillows, and real privacy. Need to trot down to accounting to deliver some reports? No problem! Just slide down the firefighter’s pole in the center of the room. Bored at the computer? No sweat! Just mosey over to a lounge chair, recline that puppy, and watch some fish meander around one of the aquariums. This is workdays done right.
Facebook’s Fanciful Digs
Okay, so fish and beehives aren’t your thing. That’s okay — you can take queues from Facebook in Menlo Park, California, where workers spend their days serenaded by some oh-so-sweet stereo equipment, nestled alongside some rear-cuddling rocking chairs and hug-me-forever recliners. Bored? Hop on a bike and take a ride around the offices. If you can’t get creative about problem solving on a bicycle, really, there’s no hope.
Hot Footin’ It at OneFootball
You may have never heard of OneFootball; it’s an app that isn’t about football at all. It’s about soccer. Though they might be confused about the name of the game, they are definitely not confused about what makes a workplace cool. The hallways are designed to look like the lanes of a running track, and the employees’ lockers look just like the lockers of soccer/football pros. Even cooler, the walls feature soccer/football related artwork. Basically , everywhere in the office looks more like the playing field than an office space.
Get Out of Here! Demands Heldergroen
You will not work late at Heldergroen in Amsterdam, because at 6:00 p.m. sharp, all of the desks and chairs are lifted up into the ceiling on theater stage wires. Yep — the paperwork and computers go too. This open work environment features abundant windows and no cubicle walls to fence in your creativity and talent.
Playin’ at Pixar
Maybe movies are more your style. Offer up a job application to Pixar in Emeryville, California, where workers work in playhouses and the company maintains play stations where you can blow off some steam shooting the bad guys. We won’t tell if you’re pretending your victims are your boss. Heck, just walking around this place is enough to convince you that you’re in a chic hotel or restaurant instead of the help desk workspace: the lights are pretty globe-shaped, soft-glowing eye candy and the doorways bear more resemblance to a Spanish hacienda than somewhere people have to work for a living.
Foxy Decor at Fox Heads
So, you’re more of a motorsports person than a ball sport type of person. That’s cool, because you can instead work at Fox Heads motocross apparel company in Irvine, California. Here, you’ll spend your days in a huge building that’s shaped like a bike helmet that Marty McFly brought back from the future. Inside, you can stroll along mock storefronts in order to test out displays before they roll out for real in stores. No cubicles here! It’s all out in the open. Neighbor bothering you? Head outside to one of the three tracks and whoop it up on your BMX or dirt bike until you can stand to look at them again.
About Kyle Shepard
Kyle is a Senior Manager of the Customer Success team for ITSM at SolarWinds. He works directly with customers to provide ongoing support in service management strategy for their evolving goals. He speaks on webinars and other educational resources in ITSM. He also played college lacrosse.
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