The UK offices that we wish we could work in
The concept is designed to create an enjoyable workplace and to provide a fun outlet to motivate and inspire employees to increase productivity for the business.
Here are some of the companies who have rejected the idea of what a traditional office might look like to bring in a new way of working.
The companies with offices designed to inspire and motivate
The tech giants have offices around the world, including their London offices in Bloomsbury. On their website, that their offices are designed to encourage well-being and collaboration, whilst getting work done. Google’s offices feature a Google themed croquet putting hole, on site gym, staff canteen with smoothie bikes, pool tables, table tennis and sweet shop.
AO started life in 2000 as Appliances Online based in Bolton, Greater Manchester, and has since grown into an almost £800m business.
The Bolton offices feature collaborative areas surrounded by whiteboards, a subsidised on site spa, Starbucks and canteen as well as a pool table, table football and table tennis, lunch booths and private meeting rooms.
AO also have offices for sales and marketing in Manchester with a games room, multimedia offices with VR functionality and a logistics site in Crewe with a designated chill out space and an onsite subsidised spa.
The offices feature an onsite gym, canteen and balcony that can be seen by using the , but staff also have access to free eggs and avocados, an unlimited amount of smoothies, yoga and Pilates classes and massages at a subsidised rate.
The building also features Astroturf flooring to give a more natural aesthetic, but Innocent have also tried to make their office space as sustainable as possible. This is reducing energy and water waste, a system which monitors outside temperatures to encourage staff to open a window rather use air con, and a circuit on every floor which turns off non-essential electronics to save energy. The building also features its very own vegetable patch.
The travel comparison website, Skyscanner was set up in 2001 by company CEO Gareth Williams, who after struggling to find cheap flights to France. Skyscanner moved into their Edinburgh based headquarters in 2004. In 2016 the business was bought by Chinese travel company Ctrip, but their headquarters remain in Edinburgh.
At their headquarters, staff can enjoy meeting rooms with white board walls for collaboration, a pitch and putt feature and innovative technology that allows testing on a variety of tech. , staff can use cabins for an informaal lunch, subsidised wellbeing sessions, such as yoga, and an office Xbox, table tennis and table football.
Skyscanner also give staff the opportunity to take to work from any of the other , which include Barcelona, Beijing, Budapest, Glasgow, London, Miami, Palo Alto in California, Shenzhen, Singapore and Sofia.
Money’s site features the Pow Wow room, a mixture of relaxing space and an art gallery. The kitchen is complete with pool table, table football and an arcade machine. There’s also a Star Wars themed cinema, old style library, chalet and ice cave themed meeting rooms along with the designated ‘Bored room’ for senior leadership meetings.
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