Work, Rest And Play – Fostering Innovation Through Awesome Workspaces

Image Source: Pearlfisher.com

Image Source: Pearlfisher.com

How are the most innovative and interesting companies setting their teams up for success?

They know it’s about building a space where employees are encouraged to think, create and collaborate. An office is no longer just an office, it’s part of a company’s strategic toolkit to give people everything they need to do their greatest work. Here’s five examples from companies around the globe that are thinking differently when it comes to work, play and creating space to do both.

Go Daddy in Arizona, USA – When they opened their $27 million global technology centre in Tempe, Arizona, the goal was to attract the most innovative and creative minds they could get their hands on. Step one – create a fun place to work. Whether they’re on their lunch break or just looking for a dose of creative inspiration, employees can race go-karts, cruise down a multi-story slide or shoot hoops on a state of the art outdoor basketball court, all without leaving the office. 

eBay Labs in Israel – As a space specifically launched for startups focusing on big data, eBay has injected a creative flare by engaging illustrator Miki Mottes to bring an original life to the walls and halls through custom made decals of characters working in a fantasy lab. The scenes were created to support the entrepreneurial spirit of the space and the people working there, with an aim to spark ideas from within.

Deloitte offices at The Edge in Amsterdam – Talk about the internet of things. This office is the internet of, like, everything.  Home to 2,500 Deloitte employees (but only 1000 physical desks), The Edge is proud to be the greenest building in the world with a 98.4 percent sustainability rating. As soon as you wake up, you’re wired in, when a specially designed app will send you your schedule, find you a parking space and locate you a desk – and by desk we mean sitting desk, standing desk, work booth, meeting room, balcony seat, or “concentration room.” 

Pearlfisher in London, UK – Centered around the belief that creative play can foster creative thought, this British design agency worked with charity Right To Play to craft an art installation comprised of 81,000 white balls where visitors and employees alike were encouraged to jump in and have a play to indulge their inner child.

LinkedIn’s offices in Mountain View, California – At LinkedIn HQ, employees can rock out in a music room that’s packed to the rafters with state of the art equipment like guitars, drums, mics, amps and mixers.  Employees are encouraged to use to room, not only to relieve stress but to perform for the rest of the company when the room is opened up into a communal area on nice days.

Looking for inspo on creative workplaces that build innovative cultures?  You can also check out: @cool_working_space on Instagram or Workspaces That Move People  (Harvard Business Review) or Officesnapshots.com.

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