Silicon Valley takeaway of the month: office spaces

Many employees spend almost 40 hours every single week in their workplaces, and that means there’s a lot to be said for making your offices as fun, inspiring and unusual as possible.

Whether you’re a cutting-edge technology start-up looking to change your decor or a creative agency hoping to inspire some out of the box thinking with an off the wall aesthetic, there are lots of reasons to get on board with modern office styles.

And with the world’s leading technology firms over in Silicon Valley wholeheartedly embracing funky offices and creative workspaces, the trend is only moving one way.

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at how a well-designed office can fuel innovation, creativity and hard work.

Get your teams thinking

As anyone who has ever worked in an office cubicle will tell you, it’s difficult to think creatively when your physical surroundings are limited, bland and even cell-like.

That’s why many offices in Silicon Valley have done away with the cubicle, as it encourages plain and unimaginative thinking.

And by adding in design features like unusually-shaped lighting, even simply staring into space can lead your teams to ask themselves crucial questions like “Why is this thing the way it is?” and “Why do we do things the way we do?”

Boost collaboration through design

By having an open plan office, you can be sure that your teams will be able to communicate more effectively.

The key is to making sure that everyone’s horizons are broad whenever they look up from their desk, and that they can see much further than just their computer screen.

That way, people will be subtly reminded that their colleagues are just a few steps away, and hence will be more likely to make innovation happen by going over to another desk to bounce ideas off other team members.

Maximise your office for productivity

While there are lots of good reasons to design and lay out your office in a way that gets your workers’ creative juices flowing and communicate with each other, it’s prudent to remember that your teams are primarily there to work.

If you’re concerned about the potential for distractions that Silicon Valley-inspired, modern offices can offer, don’t worry. The public nature of design choices like games rooms and breakout zones means it’s hard for your workers to spend all day there when they should be working.

And many modern offices also encourage productivity, too. Design elements such as standing desks are innovative and new, but they also make your staff less tired.