What constitutes a great office? You know, that type of office where it seems the staff can’t wait to arrive and are always a bit reluctant to leave. What separates those offices from the ones that never seem to gel from a personal or functional perspective? Can it be quantified? We think so. The best office to work in:
- Has a flexible, open environment– Let’s face it, the cloistered office is a thing of the past and no one is shedding any tears about that. The best offices today are full of light with enough open space for staff to breathe and enough private space for thought and thoughtful collaboration.
- Presents a clear company vision– It’s hard to get excited about working for a company if it doesn’t have a clear identity and vision. How can everyone pull in the same direction if no one knows which direction that is?
- Doesn’t build walls between management and staff– While no one is suggesting the VP of Marketing should share a desk with the new graphic designer there has to be a sense that management is accessible, not aloof and distant.
- Is free of politics– Easier said than done we know but there are definitely some offices with less political intrigue swirling about underfoot than others.
- Provides opportunities for growth– In some offices it seems the same folks have had the same positions since Sir Winston was PM. The best office is a breeding ground for leaders, not a sinkhole that swallows dreams and aspirations.
- Is easy to get to– A great office should be in a great location. A three hour slog to the outskirts every day will kill morale faster than a memo announcing the company has been acquired by a foreign investor.
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