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I’m not typically a jealous person, but today my eyes turned a little green when I spotted a picture on Facebook of a friend working . . . on a gorgeous lake in Austria. Sunglasses on and a smile plastered on her face, she was plugged in to her office through a remote work station called “BusinessBeach.”
I would be lying if I said I didn’t look up a few flights and plan a dream “work-cation” across the pond. But once I harnessed my travel bug, I began mulling over the importance of a workplace’s “brick and mortar.”
It turns out, it’s pretty significant. According to Capital One’s 2018 Work Environment Survey, 79 percent of respondents believe that unless a workplace environment is innovative, the employer cannot encourage motivation. And the design may even trump the coordinates: 66 percent of respondents “believe that workplace design and environment is equally important or more important than office location,” with the number even higher at the executive level. Among respondents’ most coveted office-motif elements were natural light, reconfigurable furniture, artwork, collaborative spaces, bold colors, and rest areas.
These requests aren’t pipe dreams. Many companies take their workspace design—and its effect on employees—seriously. Look no further than Inc.’s recently released World’s 10 Most Beautiful Offices of 2018. Below are a few highlights from these workspace-design trailblazers.
These unique workspaces undoubtedly make the 9-to-5 grind much more interesting. What innovative workspace design would most inspire your daily work?
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