Offices across the world are getting noticed because of the ‘Fun’ factor in their interiors. These are offices that are being labeled ‘Cool’ and employees everywhere enjoy looking at the pictures of these offices, and envy those who are lucky enough to be working there.
Shown here is a photograph of a fun office with a message: This is 335 m long table connecting a 23,000 sq. ft. office in New York, complete with archways.
Interestingly, most of the ‘cool’ offices happen to belong to the internet and IT companies: examples being offices of Google, Infosys, Mind Candy… to name but a few. As these differently designed offices get more and more discussed, there is an ongoing debate as to what role the innovative architecture plays in the process of increasing productivity and retention among employees.
To make a case for ‘Fun’ interiors in offices, it is important to note that in industries where employees spend most of their waking hours in offices, their colleagues are their ‘second family.’ This is more evident in the Generation Y, people born between 80′s and 90′s at the turn of the millennium.
With most of them not having families to return to, hanging out with the office crowd after a day’s work is quite the done thing. Having an environment that encourages, engages and drives social interaction while at work helps the members of the staff form stronger interpersonal bonds and helps them connect and watch each other closely in situations other than work.
Whether it is slides in offices or a round of bowling in the company’s bowling alley, these spaces provide people an opportunity to see whether their colleagues are willing to let the guard down, how they handle defeat and also how they play to win.
Currently, the trend is most common in the IT and internet companies, as they have to constantly keep their employees motivated, and need more than just great salaries to retain their people. A ‘cool office’ is a status symbol among the younger lot, and management heads are consciously doing their bit to create work cultures and corporate identities that individuals can relate to and aspire to be a part of.
Will this trend move to the traditional corporate offices? What will the management gain by incorporating these fun elements? Only time will tell, but if the statement by Amy Lyman, chair of the board and cofounder of The Great Place to Work Institute is anything to go by, company heads and their architects & interior designers need to do some serious thinking on the fun factor!
Companies need to score well on the fun front!
‘Fun and success go hand in hand. And, all companies should be wondering how to have more fun. It’s absolutely a question companies should be asking themselves, because it is something that happens in great workplaces. In fact, it would be very unusual for a company to be among the ’100 Best’ and not score well on the fun question’. ~ Amy Lyman, chair of the board and cofounder, The Great Place to Work Institute.